Overdue ‘Metoo’ can ease Labour pains

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s conflict-ridden Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) wound up a week of historic drama on Sunday, after the international “Metoo” campaign against sexual harassment finally hit the party’s large and powerful chapter in Trøndelag. It all ended with a chaotic annual meeting that also ended controversial politician Trond Giske’s long Labour Party career. Giske, a […]

Giske wounds haven’t healed

Try as they might, leaders of the embattled Labour Party just can’t seem to put their troubles with veteran MP Trond Giske behind them. Now Giske’s celebrity wife has ripped open wounds around the sexual harassment complaints filed against her husband, just when the party badly wanted to concentrate on politics at the opening of […]

Lack of humility led to Giske’s fall

NEWS ANALYSIS: Trond Giske, the former government minister and deputy leader of the Labour Party, wielded power and influence in Norway for many years. Now he and his partner Haddy Njie have spoken out for the first time on Giske’s dramatic loss of power and position in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him, […]

MP leaves Progress after new complaint

Norway’s conservative Progress Party confirmed on Friday that it had received another complaint about its controversial Member of Parliament, Ulf Leirstein. It won’t be investigated further, though, because Leirstein had announced earlier in the day that he was leaving the party after 30 years. Leirstein wrote on social media that the last year had “been […]

Labour cancels Giske’s comeback

UPDATED: Politicians and labour officials were reeling once again on Friday over a new video showing the Labour Party’s embattled former deputy leader Trond Giske out dancing with a young woman late at night last weekend. It was the proverbial last straw for Giske, who finally gave up part of his political comeback attempt and then […]

Giske still ripping Labour Party apart

NEWS ANALYSIS: Veteran politician Trond Giske’s determination to hang on to power within the Norwegian Labour Party continues to tear the party apart. Party leaders are now being described by some party members as “cowards” for allowing Giske to win a new strategically important party position in his native Trøndelag this week, just a year […]

Giske may make a comeback

Trond Giske, the former top Labour Party politician toppled by sexual harassment charges against him, was disappointed the party won’t take up his case again for further examination. Nor will it pay his attorney’s fees, but Giske claims he wants to remain active in the party and may mount a comeback. Labour sent a letter […]

Police release politician from custody

A Progress Party politician charged with raping a woman after the annual meeting of the party’s Rogaland chapter earlier this month has been released from police custody. He has formally denied any criminal guilt and it’s now up to a prosecutor whether he’ll be indicted. The politician, whose identity has not been made public, underwent […]

Another Progress leader shamed

Norway’s right-wing Progress Party, which is a member of the country’s conservative government coalition, has lost another of its top politicians to a mix of poor judgment and failure to keep sensitive information confidential. Helge André Njåstad is the latest in a string of Progress Party officials who have created major personnel problems. Njåstad, a […]

Politicians need a better New Year

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s seemed as though there’s never been so much unrelenting and disturbing political news in Norway as during this past year in Parliament, and it wasn’t even an election year. Conflicts, internal splits and downright scandal have tainted all the major parties, meaning that their politicians need to straighten up if they hope […]