Police unprepared for weekend riot

The US Embassy had managed to warn its own citizens in Oslo of potentially violent demonstrations outside the Turkish Embassy on Saturday. Local police, however, failed to do the same, and ended up admitting on Sunday that they were not prepared for how demonstrations by two groups in conflict with one another quickly escalated into […]

Embassy car in fatal crash

A car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Oslo crashed into the metal railings of a tram stop in the Norwegian capital’s Frogner/Skillebekk district late Wednesday night. One of the two people in the car was killed, while the other injured. Oslo police were reluctant to detail circumstances surrounding crash, which occurred shortly after midnight […]

Diplomats cleared of some wild driving

Police thought for several hours on Thursday that they needed to subdue a dangerous diplomat. Someone, at any rate, was behind the wheel of a black Volvo V90 with diplomatic license plates, and driving in a manner that scared everyone on the road around him. The drama began in the early morning hours when police […]

Diplomatic dispute hits ‘Barnevernet’

A diplomatic dispute that’s erupted between Norway and Poland is expected to force new debate over Norway’s child protection agency (Barnevernet), which itself has been embroiled in conflicts for years. One foreign policy expert calls the current diplomatic stand-off “spectacular,” and said it can be relevant for all foreign families living in Norway. The dispute resulted […]

Norway and Poland in diplomatic duel

Years of new and rising tension between Norway and Poland seemed to reach the boiling point this week, after Norway expelled Poland’s consul and Poland responded by ousting one of Norway’s diplomats. It’s the latest trouble to emerge between allies within the European Economic Association (EEA), the EU and NATO. Norway and Poland have been […]

‘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 […]