No suspects in threats against minister

Police and their special intelligence agency PST felt compelled to meet the press in Oslo this week after Norway’s justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara, was threatened yet again over the weekend. They’ve come under criticism for failing to avert attacks on his home. “We are investigating these incidents as our highest priority,” PST director Benedicte […]

Sandberg resigns, also from party

UPDATED: Embattled Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg had to give in to pressure to resign his government post on Monday, and he also resigned as deputy leader of the conservative Progress Party. His resignations follow weeks of criticism that escalated during the weekend, regarding his highly controversial summer holiday trip to Iran and various violations of […]

‘Cautious optimism’ over North Korea

The leader of the Norwegian Parliament’s foreign relations and defense committee described herself as a “cautious optimist” after historic talks between the US and North Korea on Tuesday. Anniken Huitfeldt’s “caution” is tied mostly to the two men involved. Huitfeldt, who presents Norway’s Labour Party and recently returned from a long-delayed visit to Moscow with the […]

Norway to join the EU’s energy union

Norway maintained its track record of never invoking its right to veto EU initiatives when a large majority in Parliament voted on Thursday to join the EU’s controversial energy union. The vote came after a long and hard debate that split both the opposition and the Labour Party, which sided with the Conservatives-led government coalition. […]

Solberg suddenly loses confidence

NEWS ANALYSIS: As if leading annual state budget negotiations wasn’t demanding enough, Prime Minister Erna Solberg had to do so this week while her own offensive justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, was blatantly challenging her authority. At stake is public confidence in top Norwegian politicians and the government coalition itself, just as Solberg also faces some […]

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 […]

‘No increase’ in terror threat

Neither immigration nor the recent spate of terrorist attacks around Europe has raised the threat of an attack in Norway, claim both government and police officials. Calls are going out, though, for re-arming the police and more barriers on city streets, while plans for Norway’s new police preparedness center have finally been approved. Justice Minister Per-Willy […]

China critics slam the government

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her conservative government coalition remained under heavy criticism this week, for failing to support Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s desire to seek cancer treatment outside China. While they’re being accused of cowardice and hypocrisy for fear of provoking China, some Members of Parliament have formed a group to try to better understand […]

Pregnancy won’t stop Listhaug

One of the most high-profile ministers in Norway’s conservative coalition government, Sylvi Listhaug of the Progress Party, has announced she’s pregnant but says she won’t take more than three or four months off work in connection with it. The often controversial politician who was appointed as the country’s first immigration minister last December is expecting […]

Plastic bag tax draws unexpected critics

The  youth organization for the conservative Progress Party (FpU) has become the latest to bash its own government’s proposed tax on plastic bags. FpU leader Atle Simonsen calls the tax “dumb,” and is urging the government to “just drop it.” The tax has already set off controversy and uncertainty, but is due to take effect in mid-March […]