Norwegian environment minister under pressure

Norway's youthful environment minister Knut Arild Hareide is facing an unprecedented wave of criticism by MPs, NGOs and the media. He has been under fire during the past week for, among other things, allocating NKr0.5m (€61,400) to the state Lutheran church for local environmental projects. The environment ministry issued a statement defending the "green parishes" allocation. Environmental groups have also been attacking the minister, denouncing his tenure as "a total shipwreck" and his style, according to Greenpeace, as "weak and vague". See Dagsavisen newspaper articles one and two, and environment ministry press release.

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