The Week That Was, April 1st – 7th 2024:

Posted on 07. Apr, 2024 in: TWTW

Politics/Economy:

Chief of Defence Flemming Lentfer was fired after a leaked report revealed major problems with the warship Iver Huitfeldts defence capability when it came under attack in the Red Sea last month - Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said he no longer has confidence in the general. ‘Highly-placed’ sources at a meeting of defence bill partners on Wednesday evening claimed the controversy revealed a growing mistrust between politicians and military leadership.

The rocket launch systems Denmark has purchased from Israeli defence company Elbit will be delayed by at least a year and cost around DKK 1bn ($140m) more than originally estimated.

The military closed the Great Belt Strait to air and sea traffic, Thursday, due to fear of a random missile launch on board the frigate HDMS Niels Juel as it was taking part in a drill.

Liberal Alliance (LA) leader Alex Vanopslagh denied he’s a candidate for prime minister even though he’s the preferred choice of right-leaning voters - a new Gallup poll showed 28% of ‘blue-bloc’ voters support the popular young politician.

Dragan Popovic, a member of Hillerød council, north of Copenhagen, was accused of working for the Serbian mafia.

Danish Defence was formally given the keys to a former ammunition factory in Elling but the buildings are in such a poor state it could be years before the planned production of munitions to aid the Ukraine war effort is up and running.

Danish consumers have become more pessimistic this year - the consumer confidence index slipped to -7.6 in March from February’s 2-year high of -7.4, as consumers' expectations regarding their finances sharply weakened.

Denmark is set to become a net gas exporter following the reboot of the country’s biggest gas field, Tyra, part of the government’s pledge to become independent of Russian gas.

EU/Foreign Affairs:

According to a confidential Defence Ministry memo seen by DR News, NATO will impose even more demands on Denmark’s defence commitment to the western military alliance in the future.

Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, urged Denmark to show ‘democratic solidarity’ and not legitimise China's aggressive stance towards his country, following a report that the Danish immigration authorities have tightened procedures so Taiwan residents in this country are now registered as Chinese.

Denmark signed an agreement to sell 24 surplus F-16 fighter jets to Argentina.

Denmark joined the international call for an investigation into the Israeli air strike on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) convoy that killed seven aid workers in Gaza, Monday - more than 50,000 voters have signed up to a private citizens’ bill stating ‘Denmark has a duty to prevent genocide.’

Social Affairs:

The Royal Family was a loss-maker last year - the Palace’s annual accounts showed an overall DKK 1m ($144,000) deficit for 2023 but better than the previous year’s DKK8.4m ($1.2m) loss.

The government is pushing for an amendment to the penal code so more cases of hate crimes and anti-Semitic speech can be prosecuted.

Integration Minister Kaare Dybvad Bek said he's hoping to put a stop to ‘segregated swimming’ following a report revealing that 12 local authorities allow public swimming pools to be closed for short periods to allow Muslim girls to swim alone.

Customs officials seized 2.9 tons of drugs at the border last year, nearly twice as much as in 2022.

A 28-year-old man was found guilty of racism for making jokes about blacks and Jews.

Business:

Denmark is one of the top-3 countries in the world to do business in according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) business environment ranking.

The family behind toy giant LEGO got even richer last year, enjoying a net income of DKK11.3bn ($1.62bn), a 5.9% increase from 2022.

Denmark submitted the third-highest number of patent applications last year, in terms of population, to the European Patent Office (EPO), behind Switzerland (no.1) and Sweden

Private sector wages rose by 5.3% in the year’s first quarter (Q1) compared to the same period last year.

Energy company European Energy was denied permission to build a large solar park near Helsingborg in Sweden.

Denmark’s largest energy and telecoms group Norlys concluded its DKK6.25bn ($900m) takeover of Telia Danmark – 1.9m Telia customers are now part of the Norlys group.

Copenhagen eatery Noma, which has provided worldwide attention for Denmark, will be opening a 3-month pop-up in Kyoto, Japan, this October.

And That Was The Week That Was, April 1st - 7th 2024: To read all the above articles in full see: http://seven59.dk/archive (subscription required).

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