The Norwegian government has intervened to halt a strike by oil and gas workers: Norwegian Labor Ministry has imposed a forced settlement in a dispute between striking offshore oil and gas workers and energy executives. The decision is due to concerns that the strike could have worsened Europe’s energy crisis, already aggravated by the war in Ukraine. The move has also eased fears that further strikes could have significantly reduced the Scandinavian country’s gas output, leading to shortages in Europe. Norway’s government can step in and stop strikes in extraordinary circumstances. Read more: