NATO chief flies home to some critics

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived back home in Norway this week, on an official visit in his new role as secretary general of NATO. He was greeted not only by former political rivals and Crown Prince Haakon, but also by Norwegian researchers who claimed he and NATO are being too hard on Russia. Stoltenberg landed first in […]

Stoltenberg defends NATO’s bombing of Libya

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, now the secretary general of NATO, fended off criticism that NATO’s bombing of Libya in 2011 led to the country’s descent into chaos. Norway played a major role in the raids that ultimately led to demise of the Gadhafi regime in Libya. “There are many reasons why Libya collapsed, but […]

Norway to send F16s to the Baltic

Norwegian F16 fighter jets will start flying over the Baltic next month and through the summer, to help NATO with routine patrols of the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The move comes at a time when neighbouring Russia has been flexing its military muscle in the area. All three Baltic countries have been members of NATO for more […]

NATO to hold major exercise in Norway

The NATO military alliance, now headed by former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, has accepted an offer from Norway’s defense ministry to hold a major military exercise in Norway in 2018. Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide met Stoltenberg in Brussels this week for a meeting of all the alliance’s defense ministers. Søreide said Norway was […]

Stoltenberg’s first day on the job

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s former prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, had his first day on the job this week after taking over as the new secretary general of the military alliance NATO in Brussels. Amidst all the pomp and ceremony, Stoltenberg’s familiar smile came through despite all the new serious issues he’ll need to juggle. Looking slightly bemused, […]

‘Jens’ moves on to NATO in Brussels

NEWS ANALYSIS: After a poignant farewell with his newly widowed father in Oslo earlier this week, the man Norwegians know simply as “Jens” started work on Wednesday as the new secretary general of the powerful military alliance NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels. He doesn’t speak French and opposed NATO in his youth, but many other […]

Minister reacts to Russian ‘aggression’

Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said on Wednesday that Norway’s conservative government has asked the chief of the country’s defense forces for a thorough re-evaluation of the military in light of Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine.” She thinks Europe has become more insecure following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in Ukraine. Norway’s former left-center government, […]

Heavy military traffic hits Norwegian roads

Police were warning that the conclusion of a major NATO military exercise in Norway will lead to more extensive convoys of military vehicles on several highways in southeastern Norway. The massive movements of vehicles and material may snarl traffic over the next week. Around 20,000 tons of military hardware needs to be transported back to the […]

Solberg warns of new Arctic freeze

Prime Minister Erna Solberg traveled straight from the NATO summit in Wales to a local political meeting in Northern Norway over the weekend, and arrived with a serious message: Norway’s Arctic areas must prepare for an economic chill with higher unemployment until freezing relations with Russia begin to melt. “It’s easy to think that a […]

Stoltenberg makes his NATO debut

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was formally introduced as NATO’s next secretary general at the NATO Summit in Wales on Friday. As he received the applause of 28 government leaders including US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Norwegians could still glimpse the down-to-earth Labour leader they’ll always know simply as “Jens.” He told […]