Søreide leads ministerial speculation

Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was topping speculation this week over who will replace Børge Brende as Norway’s new foreign minister. Brende is resigning to take on a new top job at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, but his term isn’t ending on the high note expected. Søreide, who has served as Norway’s […]

Norway partners with ASEAN

Norway has become the first individual western European country to enter into a formal partnership with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Foreign Minister Børge Brende called the partnership “extremely positive,” since it will boost Norwegian companies’ opportunities in potentially lucrative southeast Asian markets. “ASEAN plays a steadily more important role regionally and […]

Brende ‘worried’ about arrests in Turkey

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says he made it clear to top Turkish officials during a visit to Ankara on Tuesday that Norway was worried about the arrests of more than 20 Turkish journalists over the weekend. Brende told news bureau NTB that he’s worried about the status of press freedom and freedom of expression in the country. His remarks followed strong […]

Norwegians seek peace on Cyprus

Norway now has not only one top-ranking official trying to keep the peace on Cyprus, but two. Just a week after General Major Kristin Lund made history by becoming the first woman to lead a UN Peacekeeping operation, on Cyprus, former Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was appointed as the UN’s Special Envoy to Cyprus. […]