Political Events 2016

Statement of Danish Prime Minister

Press briefing at the Danish Prime Ministers Office (Spejlsalen) at January 4th, 2016 at 12.00 pm on the current migrant situation in Copenhagen/Swedish border control.

Danish Prime Minister said: I have called the press briefing to inform you that the Danish Government has decided to temporarily reintroduce border control at the border with Germany beginning today at 12 pm.

This is a major step. It must be seen against the background of the serious migration- and refugee crisis facing Europe. This is probably the most serious and complex crisis we have seen so far this century.

Danish Prime Minister said once again: Since early September, Danish police has already had an increased focus on the areas bordering Germany.

By temporarily reintroducing border control it will be possible for the police to monitor the border itself. At the same time, we will intensify control. We will deploy more police. And we will increase visibility and presence.

The control will be aimed at passengers arriving by ferry in Rødby and Gedser and at persons, cars, busses and trains crossing the Danish-German land border in Southern Jutland. The temporary border control will be conducted as spot checks, based on ongoing monitoring of cross-border traffic.

Control does not mean that everybody from Germany will be checked. The police will not ask everybody to show their passport.

We will continuously calibrate control to what is necessary to ensure public order and internal security. We will monitor the situation closely. We are prepared to deploy additional police officers. But it is obvious that the police we deploy at the border, cannot at the same time solve crimes and ensure safety in the rest of the country.

The measure we have taken aims to balance freedom of movement in the border region, the need to maintain law and order, and the resources of the police to solve other important assignments.

The government will not at present introduce a new obligation for carriers as made possible by Parliament – that is, the requirement that for instance train and bus companies must control travel documents and visa for foreigners entering from Germany.

Based on our assessment of the situation at this stage we have decided to prioritize the freedom of movement. Many Danes and Germans are dependent on being able to cross the border every day. We should make every effort to avoid the same chaos and problems that the new Swedish rules can cause in the Oresund Region.

 (Text: Danish Prime Minister officer : Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

EU demands are ‘justified’

Angela Merkel: Mr Cameron EU demands are ‘justified’ and ‘necessary’

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has said at the press meeting held February 18th, 2016, that British renegotiation demands for its EU membership are “justified”.

(Picture nr A71X0798-01  Angela Merkel, German Chancellor)

In a helpful intervention for UK Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of today’s crunch EU council meeting, she said: “Cameron’s demands are far from being demands that are just for Britain. They are also European demands and many of them are justified and necessary.
“I think it’s in our national interest that Great Britain should remain an active member in a strong and successful EU.”

However, French President François Hollande was said to be poised to tell Mr Cameron that what is on the table will not get any better and there can be “no bidding” at the decisive summit tonight.

(Picture nr A71X0798-02  French President François Hollande)

It is understood the Coalition will give strong support to Mr Cameron’s bid to reform the payment of Child Benefit to parents of children who are in their home country.

The proposal is to index Child Benefit paid overseas to the rate of payment in the home country.
If agreed, it will be possible for the Department of Social Protection to implement the option to index child benefits to the standards of living of other Member States.

Separately, a leaked text reveals how Belgium, France, Hungary and Spain plan to trim back Mr Cameron’s deal, and then prevent it being copied to halt a “contagion” of reform across Europe.
It is understood several EU leaders will seek to water down his welfare reforms, limiting them solely to newly arrived migrants, and weaken a mechanism sought by British Chancellor George Osborne to prevent eurozone countries from ganging up against the City of London.
The document, detailing each country’s negotiating position, has been prepared by a European foreign ministry.
It underscores how Mr Cameron’s interlocutors are comparing notes ahead of talks that are expected to run until dawn.
Meanwhile, in London, Mr Cameron called Boris Johnson into 10 Downing Street yesterday in a bid to persuade him to back his EU deal.

(Picture nr A71X0798-03 .MrCameron of PM Mr Cameron )

Ms Merkel at the EU press meeting  stressed that “Europe needs Great Britain’s foreign and security policy commitment to assert our values and interests in the world.”
On migrants, Ms Merkel made it clear that she won’t be pushing the contentious subject of new quotas to distribute migrants around Europe.
She reiterated that it would be “laughable” for Europe to approve such quotas when it has barely started to share refugees under existing agreements.

(Picture nr A71X0798-04 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor)

(Text: News Europe by Michael Wilkinson and Kevin Doyle.

 (Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

President of The European Parliament Martin Schulz speaks

Martin Schulz held speech February 18th, 2016

The British in-or-out-referendum on European Union membership has become one of the key questions for Europe’s future. The overwhelming majority in the European Parliament wants to see the UK remain in the European Union. In the globalised 21st century we need the UK more than ever – and we are convinced that the UK will be better off as part of the European Union. At a time when the United States are increasingly turning inward, when Russia is challenging the global security architecture in Ukraine and Syria, when China is rising in East Asia and simultaneously slowing down economically, surely, we Europeans have to stick together more than ever. Together, with 508 million people, 28 nation-states and the richest single market of the world, we stand a fair chance to shape the rules of the international order and manage globalisation according to our interests and values. But if we Europeans part ways, labouring under the fond illusion that, now of all times, the finest hour of the nation state has arrived, we should make no mistake about the consequences. We will be left to drift into the insignificant backwaters of the world political scene.

With its foreign policy experience and clout, its open market policies and its trade and counter-terrorism track record, your country, Prime Minister Cameron, brings a lot to the table. When you say you want to make the EU more democratic, more transparent, more competitive and less bureaucratic – you are preaching to the converted here at the European Parliament. We stand ready to act as an honest and constructive partner so long as all discussions remain within the framework and spirit of the Treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights.

That being said, we have concerns about several proposals, and here the devil is in the detail. We would like to use this opportunity today to raise these concerns with the goal of solving issues at this early stage and avoiding misunderstandings later on when legislation will need to be debated and adopted in the European Parliament.

Firstly, ever-closer union. The European Parliament believes that this concept should not only be about our heritage, our past and why we came together. It’s also about what we can accomplish together in the future and we know that many Member States and a large majority of citizens want to go further in this way.

Secondly, the so called “multicurrency union” as demanded by Prime Minister Cameron. The Treaties are very clear: the currency of the European Union is the Euro. The UK is guaranteed an opt-out from the common currency. Where could there be any need for further clarification? It’s crystal clear.

(Text: The European Parliament, Henning S. Okholm. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Remarks by President Donald Tusk

European Council 19/02/2016 23:59 Statements and remarks7 6/16 Institutional affairs we have just achieved a deal which strengthens Britain’s special status in the European Union. It is a legally binding and irreversible decision by all 28 leaders. The settlement addresses all of Prime Minister Cameron’s concerns without compromising our fundamental values.

During our long and often heated discussions, we haggled over the smallest details of the deal. Perhaps it was not an aesthetic spectacle, and far from glamorous. What matters, however, is that the European leaders did not walk away from the negotiating table, as something much more important was at stake. We have sent out a signal that we are all willing to sacrifice part of our interests for the common good, to show our unity.

The times we live in are stormy and unpredictable, with all the crises raging around us. If you think I am over-dramatising, just look at what is happening at this very moment. The greatest migration crisis in the history of Europe. The imminent threat of borders closing on our continent. Terrorist attacks in Turkey, airstrikes in Libya, war flaring up in Syria. The growing conflict between Russia and Turkey. Unfortunately, I could go on.

Exceptional times need exceptional words. And nobody expressed himself better than Winston Churchill. Let me quote what he said in Zurich in 1946. His words maybe sound too solemn. But it is worth recalling them, to realize that even though everything has changed over the years, in fact nothing has changed. And surely one thing that has not changed is that all Europe needs to stand united.

If Europe is to be saved from infinite misery, as Churchill said,
and indeed from final doom, there must be this act of faith in
the European family. Can the peoples of Europe rise to the heights
of the soul and of the instinct and spirit of man? What is sovereign
remedy? It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of
it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it
can dwell in peace, safety and freedom. Therefore I say to you,
let Europe arise.
” End of quote.

I deeply believe that the United Kingdom needs Europe, and Europe needs the United Kingdom. To break the link now would be totally against our mutual interests. We have done all we could not to let that happen. But the final decision is in the hands of the British people.

Highlights of the European Council on February 18-19, 2016; 28 EU leaders reached a deal on Britain in Europe.

Discussions at the European Council were dominated by the deal with the UK and the ongoing migration and refugee crisis. They also discussed migration and the situation in Syria and Libya.

European Council conclusions, 18-19 February 2016

The European Council began with a statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Ankara. EU leaders extend their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and express their solidarity with the people of Turkey.

Joint statement of the EU Heads of State or Government and the leaders of the EU institutions on the terrorist attack in Ankara.

(Text: European Commission, Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Prime Minister Has Named Two New Ministers

February 29th, 2016 The Danish Prime Minister Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has named 2 new Ministers that Esben Lunde Larsen Denmark’s new food and agriculture minister and Ulla Tørnæs has become the minster of education and research minister of Denmark.

Esben Lunde Larsen, the education and research minister since the new Rasmussen-led government came to power last summer, replaces Eva Kjer Hansen, who resigned following the scandal involving the contentious agriculture package approved by Parliament last week.

(nr. 3347.) Esben Lunde Larsen Denmark’s new food and agriculture minister.

Meanwhile, Ulla Tørnæs – the minster of education from 2001-2005 under the Anders Fogh Rasmussen government and a member of the European Parliament since 2014 who has been named the new education and research minister.

(nr 3315 & 3182 )Ulla Tørnæs  has become the minster of education and research minister of Demark.

(Text: Christian W. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Minister of Jusice Søren Pind`s Press Conference

Justitsminister Søren Pind’s Press conference – report regarding terror case detainees.

Details of press conference at 1pm March 4th 2016 at the Ministry of Justice.

Press conference on statement of circumstances for custodial prisoners in terrorist cases.

Minister of Justice Søren Pind will hold a press conference on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1 pm.
The press conference will be held following the authorities’ submission of their report on a number of issues on the detention of detainees in the case of the attack on the Krudttønden and Copenhagen Synagogue.

(Text: Justitsministeriet. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Challenges Facing Democracy In Tunisia

Social transformation and four distinct themes in Tunisia with respect to Tunisia: territory, women, health, and youth.

Thinking about the future is a way to get one’s head out of the water, to see further,” Mahmoud Ben Romdhane, minister for social affairs in the current Tunisian government and a former human rights activist said Tuesday, 5 April 2016 at DIIS, Danish Institute for International Studies, LO/FTF Council, Confederation of Danish Industries in cooperation with the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme.
Copenhagen, Denmark.

In his speech of Confederation of Danish Industries, the Minister stressed the importance of working on foresight and fostering a democratic debate on the future that is open and accessible to all Tunisian citizens. “Today Tunisia that is important to work on foresight. Because we are coming out of an intense moment of democratic transition,” Minister Mahmoud Ben said. The debate is moderated by Kasper Ly Netterstrøm who is a doctoral student at DIIS and works on Tunisia’s transition to democracy. Kasper Ly Netterstrøm said: Tunisia is the only country in the Arab World that has managed to turn the uprising in 2011 into a genuine transition to democracy. The young democratic institutions do, however, face a number of challenges. Terrorism has crippled the country’s vital tourist industry, unemployment is still high and social protests still continue. How do Tunisia move on from here? What social and economic reforms are needed to bring the country forward and stabilize the young democracy. In order to discuss these questions, we are honored to host three distinguished guests:

Houcine Abassi, chairman of Tunisia’s influential labour union, UGTT

Khelil Ghariani, member of the executive bureau of Tunisia’s conference of industries (UTICA) and responsible for social affairs.

Mahmoud Ben Romdhane, minister for social affairs in the current Tunisian government and a former human rights activist.

UGTT and UTICA received the Nobel Peace Prize last year together with two other civil society organizations for their contribution to the democratization process.

(Text: from DIIS. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

United We Stand A Memorial Service

On Wednesday, April 6th at 17.00 hrs, a memorial Service commemorating the victims of all recent terror attacks will be held at the Vor Frue Kirke, Nørregade 8, 1165 Copenhagen.

Since the tragic events in Brussels, Belgium, terror has already stricken elsewhere. Iraq and Pakistan were the most recent victims. In March, blood was shed in Turkey, Iraq, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.Together with the Embassies of Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Pakistan and Turkey, the Cathedral of Copenhagen welcomes all who want to share a moment to meditate or to express solidarity.In the presence of dignitaries, both civil and religious, Vr. Rev. Anders Gadegaard, Dean of the Cathedral, will lead the service, transcending religions, races and cultures. A number of personalities, including Minister of Justice Mr. Søren Pind, Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Pol De Witte and the author Mr Jens Christian Grøndahl will address the audience. Hodja Hüseyin Gültekin will recite the sura “Al Fatiha”. Hymns will be sung by all including the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir. Parvaiz Akhtar will perform Sufi Music poetry in Punjabi. Bach’s Ave Maria will be played on violin and cello by Anna and Igor Egholm. All participants are invited to write a word of prayer or sympathy when entering the Cathedral. They can also light a candle and leave it on the stairs to the choir in the church.

United we stand both in mourning the victims, in solidarity with all afflicted and in condemning terrorism.

On behalf of the Embassies and the Copenhagen Cathedral.

(Text: Anders Gadegaard Dean. Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

State Visit From the United Mexican States

At the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, the President of the United Mexican States, H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto and Ms Angélica Rivera have been a State Visit to Denmark from 13 to 14 April 2016. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto today (13 April) his official visit to Denmark, where he highlighted the strong and longstanding ties of friendship between the two countries.

Mexico’s president HE Enrique Peña Nieto and First Lady Angélica Rivera The visit is a follow-up to The Queen and The Prince Consort’s state visit in 2008 as well as the Crown Prince Couple’s visit in Mexico in 2013.

The president has been accompanied by a number of ministers, including the foreign minister, as well as large business and press delegations.

On Thursday, 14 April, In the afternoon, the president and first lady and the Crown Prince Couple visit Tjørnegaards Skolen in Gentofte, where the focus has made on the use of LEGO in the teaching.

(Photo: Zhong Min Peng)

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi visits

On 17 April 2016, Saturday .Visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi held talks with Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Copenhagen.

In this day morning Queen Margret II of Denmark met with the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II at Fredesborg slot.

Yang met with ogso Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen during his visit.

Photo HASSE FERROLD CHINA State Councilor Yang Jiechi visited The Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at The PM’s Office 17 04 2016. Yang Jiechi profile.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen today meets 17/04 2017 the supreme responsible for foreign affairs in China’s state council, the so-called “super-ministerial minister” of Yang Jiechi who is visiting Denmark.

(Photo: Hasse Ferrold)

Trio on tour Copenhagen

April 18, 2016: Left gathered 200 interested members DI for debate about Denmark until 2025.

The government will present a 2025 plan this summer that will set a bourgeois-liberal direction for Denmark.

In this connection, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, Søren Gade and Claus Richter together 11 meet the country over, where all the Liberals members get the opportunity to speak.