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 […]

Former minister under indictment

A former Member of Parliament and government minister for the Conservative Party, who later became a county governor in Northern Norway, has been indicted on charges he misused his position to acquire sexual contact with young men. Svein Ludvigsen, who retired in 2014, denies all the charges against him. It’s unusual for Norwegian media to […]

‘MeToo’ complaints still haunt parties

Several of Norway’s political parties are still tackling complaints filed in the wake of last winter’s international “MeToo” campaign against sexual harassment. The Conservatives have cracked down on offenders, while Labour and a few other parties are accused of letting their errant politicians off too easily. The Conservatives have reported a total of 35 complaints […]

No punishment for harassment at Sp

Norway’s farmer-friendly Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) has decided to drop any further efforts into finding out who sexually harassed one of the party’s own former female leaders. None of the 10 men linked to the harassment, who include two mayors and former Oil Minister Ola Borten Moe, will be punished in any way, while Moe […]

Sp hit by new sexual harassment claim

Just when they didn’t think things could get worse, leaders of the embattled Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) have confirmed they’ve received another complaint of sexual harassment. It emerged just as the party was reporting eight of its top male members to the police, in an effort to find out which one of them sent an […]

Sp’s men won’t own up to harassment

None of the 10 powerful Center Party men suspected of sexual harassment has admitted to sending an obscene message to the party’s former female leader Liv Signe Navarsete. Now she’s gone on sick leave while party leadership is left to report her harassment to the police. Party leaders had set a midnight deadline on Wednesday […]

Sp’s deputy leader suspends himself

A sexual harassment scandal that has badly tarnished the reputation and credibility of Norway’s Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) has prompted one of the men directly involved to suspend himself as the party’s deputy leader. Ola Borten Moe, who’s also a former Norwegian Oil Minister, says it’s become “impossible” for him to carry out his duties […]

Ugly harassment soils Center Party

UPDATED: Norway’s Center Party, known for championing the interests of farmers and rural districts, is facing national disgrace after revelations of some ugly sexual harassment against its former leader, Liv Signe Navarsete. It came from a group of 10 men, eight of whom have held top party roles, who were on holiday together at a […]

Quick rehabilitation for shamed leaders

Reaction was swift this week when news broke that Labour Party politician Trond Giske, who faces multiple charges of sexual harassment, was already making a comeback on the national political stage. It’s also mostly business as usual for others caught in the “MeToo” campaign against harassment this past winter. Giske was welcomed as a hometown […]

Liberals’ leader survives scandal

NEWS ANALYSIS: One of the newest ministers in the Norwegian government, Trine Skei Grande, had the worst possible start to her Liberal Party’s annual national meeting over the weekend, and it got worse underway. Grande seems, however, to have survived a decade-old sex scandal, low standings in the polls and disagreement among party members, at […]