Jagland soon to tell his tale

Thorbjørn Jagland kept quiet during all the recent fuss around the book released by his former rival within the Norwegian Labour Party, the current NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. In it, Stoltenberg revealed among other things how he plotted to replace Jagland as party leader, but now Jagland is working on a book of his own.  Jagland, a former […]

Lippestad cuts ties with Breivik

Geir Lippestad, the lawyer who defended right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, will no longer be helping Breivik with his ongoing legal complaints from prison. Lippestad, now an active politician for the Labour Party that Breivik targeted, told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday that Breivik demanded more than he could offer, without being paid. “Our work […]

Utøya mothers: ‘We need more time’

A group of mothers presented a letter to Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the memorial service on Utøya on Tuesday, begging the government to take responsibility for the future of the island where 69 people were massacred. The mothers said they felt betrayed by the Labour Party’s youth organization (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) and the July […]

‘Grief is as heavy for many today’

Norwegians were gathering on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks that killed 77 people in and around Oslo. Labour youth party (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) leader and Utøya survivor Eskil Pedersen said that while those left behind were returning to normal life, the pain was still raw. The day’s official memorial […]

Time to talk about Breivik’s hatred

With the third anniversary of Norway’s July 22 terror attacks in 2011 on the horizon, Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) Secretary Raymond Johansen worries there’s been a part of the debate left untouched. Johansen told a local magazine this week that the party did not want to be accused of politically capitalizing on the attacks, but it was time to discuss […]

Former Ap leader Reiulf Steen dies

Former Norwegian politician, minister, ambassador and author Reiulf Steen, who led the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) from 1975 to 1981 died on Thursday morning, aged 80. Steen was one of the driving forces in Norwegian politics during the 70s, and remained politically active despite coping with depression and Parkinson’s disease in his later years. Steen’s […]

Health campaign may hurt farmers

Philanthropist and doctor Gunhild Stordalen has teamed up with incoming Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Rema 1000 supermarket boss Ole Robert Reitan as part of a global initiative to combat lifestyle diseases and food production that is damaging to the environment. One of Stordalen’s key messages is to eat less meat, […]

AUF lobbies for more gun control

Security will be higher than ever before when Norway’s Labour Party holds its national meeting this weekend, and the head of its youth organization AUF will be lobbying for another sort of security measure as well. Eskil Pedersen wants a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and accuses all of Norway’s political parties of a lack of […]

New commission to evaluate collective bargaining

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, still shaken by a wave of strikes by public sector workers, has appointed a new commission to examine how pay levels are set. Stoltenberg confirmed that he wants a commission to study the wage process in Norway following a meeting Tuesday morning with representatives of all those involved. The meeting was […]

Jens back on the campaign trail

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was moving on this week, from guiding the nation’s mourning period to fronting political issues and, not least, the municipal election campaign that was postponed by the July 22 terrorist attacks. Commentators who follow the popular premier agreed after the first televised party leader debate that Stoltenberg succeeded in making the […]