Søreide puts more pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide made her first official trip to Asia in her new role this week. It landed her in the midst of the international outrage over how Myanmar, which has received enormous amounts of foreign aid from Norway for years, has treated its Rohingya minority. Søreide had a clear message for Nobel […]

Foreign minister resigns his post

UPDATED: Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende won’t be part of the new government Prime Minister Erna Solberg is in the process of forming after winning re-election earlier this week. Brende, who has traveled almost non-stop since Solberg chose him as her envoy four years ago, has announced his resignation and will return to the World […]

Politicians blast US-N Korea rhetoric

Norwegian political leaders set aside their campaign differences during the weekend to mount a joint front against what they see as war-mongering and sabre-rattling by the US and North Korea. Last week’s war of words and provocations is deeply worrying Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, long a staunch ally of the US. “I’m getting more and […]

Trump dropped new NATO bombshell

US President Donald J Trump, who’s been stirring up uncertainty among NATO allies including Norway since before he took office, reportedly created even more drama at last month’s brief NATO summit in Brussels. During dinner with his fellow government leaders, he reportedly suggested that European and Canadian defense spending should be boosted by another 50 percent. […]

Diplomats ‘star’ in award-winning play

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen thinks it was a bit “embarrassing” to see himself portrayed in the hit play Oslo on Broadway. Now it’s won the US’ Tony Award as the best play of the year in New York, depicting the drama behind Norway’s landmark but failed attempt to broker peace in the Middle East […]

US’ mixed signals confuse diplomats

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian diplomats are among those all over Europe finding themselves confused and uncertain since US President Donald J Trump took office in January. Now several are saying that their American counterparts, often confused and under pressure as well, are basically telling them to ignore Trump’s incessant messages on social media and realize that very little US policy […]

Norway’s ‘success’ attracts North Korea

UPDATED: North Korea views Norway’s social welfare state as a “success,” according to an expert on the isolated country. That may be why talks are reportedly going on in Oslo this week between representatives from North Korea and the US. Both Chinese and South Korean diplomats have referred to the otherwise secret, “informal” talks, which have been […]

Norway boosts its relevance for Trump

NEWS ANALYSIS: Foreign Minister Børge Brende recapped his visit to Washington DC last week with some of the typical diplomatic rhetoric that stressed, for example, the “constructive dialogue” he claims he had with the US’ new conservative leadership. He left DC with the full realization that he and other Norwegian government officials have a lot […]

‘Norway Creates Jobs in the US’

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende flew to Washington DC this past week with a bold and unusual message for the new US Trump Administration and Republican politicians who support it. Armed with statistics compiled with the help of the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, Brende intended to prove how a foreign country like Norway doesn’t threaten to take jobs […]

Foreign minister back in the USA

Foreign Minister Børge Brende headed for the US this week, not least to forge new ties and meet more formally with the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Brende also has a string of other meetings lined up as Norway tries to develop contacts and spread its agenda within the new US administration. “There are long and strong ties […]