An ‘unacceptable attack on democracy’

Norwegian leaders reacted with shock and dismay on Wednesday to the dramatic events unfurling in what they’d all long viewed as the world’s capital of democracy: “What we’re now seeing from Washington is a completely unacceptable attack on democracy in the USA,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg stated after she and millions of other Norwegians watched […]

Venezuelan talks to resume in Oslo

Norway’s foreign ministry announced during the weekend that it will host new talks aimed at resolving the conflicts that have turned Venezuela into what some experts now consider a “lawless country.” Representatives for both sides later confirmed their presence. The ministry, which already has hosted talks aimed at resolving the conflicts, announced that the main […]

Norway ‘brokering Venezuelan talks’

Norway’s foreign ministry refused official comment, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and other media are reporting that representatives for both Venezuela’s Maduro government and the opposition have been meeting “on Norwegian soil” this week for the second time. Norwegian foreign affairs experts don’t think Nicolas Maduro will remain as sitting president much longer. “It’s impossible to […]

Norway may broker Venezuelan crisis

Speculation is rising that Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and her diplomats are involved in efforts to broker a solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Norwegian government has been criticized for refusing to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s new president, but may have needed to remain impartial. […]

MPs finally made it to Moscow

Relations between Russia and Norway haven’t been their best lately, leading to the controversial cancellation of a parliamentary delegation last year, when one of its members was denied a visa. Last week members of the Parliament’s defense and foreign relations committee finally landed in Moscow, for the first time in seven years. Newspaper Aftenposten was […]

Foreign minister criticizes Trump

In a highly unusual move, Norway’s foreign minister has publicly criticized the president of the United States, a country always referred to as Norway’s most important ally. Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, however, seems as shocked as many others over how US President Donald Trump has defended white supremacists and won the gratitude of a former head […]

Embassy ribbon cut as US ties upheld

US and Norwegian officials cut a red, white and blue ribbon to ceremoniously open the new US Embassy in Oslo on Thursday, while their speeches all stressed the importance of US-Norwegian ties that bind. At a time of uncertainty created by the new US president, they clearly felt a need to reinforce the strong relations between […]

‘Norway buying itself influence’

Oil-rich Norway has donated more than NOK 640 million over the past nine years (USD 77 million at current exchange rates) to projects operated by the Clinton Foundation, set up by former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, who’s now running for president herself. Experts suggest Norway is trying to buy influence, while […]

State visit linked Norway and Poland

Poland’s new president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday and left in sunshine on Wednesday after his first three-day state visit to Norway. He’s the second top official from Poland to visit Norway just this year, pointing up Poland’s interest in Norwegian energy and financial resources at a time when relations with the EU have […]