From 1–3 February I made a new visit to Kiev along with my Nordic and Baltic colleagues (the NB8 group). My overall impression is that the will to carry out reforms in Ukraine is present. Some important tasks have been accomplished, but many remain.
The award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize illustrates a fundamental point in the efforts to further democratic change; namely that democracy isn’t simply something that can be adopted by a nation’s political establishment. Rather, it must develop from a […]
As chair of the Norwegian branch of Foreningen Norden – the Nordic Association – it gave me great pleasure to award this year’s Nordic language prize to Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Mr […]
In my view, the most important common political project we as Europeans have is to build a continent in which every state has developed a strong, stable democracy based on an underlying respect for human rights. I discussed this fascinating topic with a group of Ukrainian parliamentarians during their recent study trip to the Storting.