‘Super diplomat’ heads for Syria

Geir O Pedersen is known as a “super diplomat” from Norway with high standing at the United Nations. It’s therefore no great surprise that he’d be tapped to become UN Secretary General António Guterres’ Special Envoy for Syria. The UN announced that Pedersen “brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience.” In addition […]

NATO meets some more confrontations

Russian officials announced on Monday that they plan some military exercises of their own this week, not far from where the huge NATO exercise is taking place in Norway. Hundreds of Norwegian civilians, meanwhile, took to the streets during the weekend to protest NATO’s show of force. “Norway out of NATO, yankees go home,” chanted […]

Russia suddenly turns agreeable

Norwegian and Russian negotiators have shaken hands on new fishing quotas in the Barents Sea, agreeing on how much cod, halibut and other fish each can catch. Russian President Vladimir Putin also turned complimentary last week, when meeting Norway’s new ambassador in Moscow. “We want to develop a productive cooperation with our neighbour Norway,” Putin […]

Israeli ambassador challenged on NRK

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, agreed to an exclusive interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on its national nightly newscast Dagsrevyen on Wednesday. Schutz found himself confronted with videos of Israel forces shooting a Palestinian in the back and Israel soldiers cheering after they’d shot another Palestinian demonstrator. Schutz has attracted media attention earlier during […]

Hundreds marched against Israel

Several hundred people turned out Tuesday evening for a demonstration in Oslo against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian areas. After gathering in front of the Norwegian Parliament they marched up to the Israeli Embassy that’s located right behind Norway’s Royal Palace. The demonstration was organized by a Palestinian organization in Oslo to mark Nakba-dagen, the day […]

Israeli ambassador offends Norwegians

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, has stirred up protests from Norwegian political leaders on both the right and the left after he described one of his many Norwegian critics as being “a descendant of Quisling,” the infamous traitor who sided with the Nazis during World War II. The ruling Conservative Party has reacted strongly, […]

Russia expels a Norwegian diplomat

Russian authorities expelled a Norwegian diplomat on Friday who’d been working at the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. Russia’s foreign ministry also called in Norway’s ambassador along with those from Sweden, Finland and Denmark, to complain about their own envoys’ expulsions earlier in the week. The Russians’ move was an expected response to Norway’s decision, along with […]

New US ambassador settles in

Norway has a  new US ambassador, after Republicans readily confirmed US President Donald Trump’s choice of a retired rear admiral, Kenneth J Braithwaite. His arrival comes just over a year after the US ambassador’s mansion in Oslo was vacated by Sam Heins, former US President Barack Obama’s envoy. Heins had a short stay in Oslo, […]

Rejected American refugee finally deported

Norwegian authorities ended up having to charter a private aircraft over the weekend and spend around NOK 1 million to forcibly return a former American diplomat to the US after her application for asylum in Norway was rejected. Two attempts to fly the woman back to the US on a commercial airliner failed when she […]

US Embassy confirms sale

The US Embassy in Oslo confirmed the sale this week of the building in Oslo that housed it for nearly 60 years. The embassy moved last spring to a larger and more secure site outside the city center. As reported earlier, the building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was sold to investment firm Fredensborg […]