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Denmark passes law to process asylum seekers outside Europe

Denmark on Thursday (3 June) passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates, the United Nations and the European Commission.
Transport 03-06-2021

Spying on Germans and avoiding Belarusian airspace 

  This week our podcast takes us to Berlin, where a spying deal between Denmark and the US is shaking German politics ahead of elections in September. To find out more we spoke with Oliver Noyan and Niko Krumayer from...
Global Europe 31-05-2021

US security agency spied on Merkel, other top European officials through Danish cables

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has used a partnership with Denmark's foreign intelligence unit to spy on senior officials of neighbouring countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Danish state broadcaster DR.
Health 04-05-2021

Denmark bars J&J vaccine from Covid vaccination programme

Denmark said Monday (3 May) it will bar the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from its Covid inoculation drive over worries about blood clots, following a similar move against the AstraZeneca jab.
Health 14-04-2021

Denmark drops AstraZeneca vaccine for good, in European first

Denmark announced Tuesday (13 April) it would stop using the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine altogether, becoming the first European country to do so over suspected rare but serious side effects.
Global Europe 07-04-2021

Polls close in Greenland election closely watched by global mining industry

Voting stations closed in Greenland on Tuesday evening (6 April) in a snap election that could unseat the ruling party and help decide the fate of vast deposits of rare earth metals that international companies want to exploit.
Health 06-04-2021

Denmark launches ‘corona pass’ to facilitate reopening

Denmark on Tuesday (6 April) began requiring people to use a new Covid certificate to enter certain businesses or face fines, one of the first European countries to do so. The “corona pass” certifies that someone has either been fully...
Global Europe 05-03-2021

Israel, Denmark, Austria agree deal for vaccine development

Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday (4 March) in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

Israeli critics warn EU against legitimising Palestinian ‘vaccination apartheid’

A group of prominent Israelis have warned Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz not to cooperate with Israel on vaccines, citing what they termed vaccination “apartheid” vis-à-vis the country’s Palestinian population.

Six EU countries warned over border restrictions

The European Commission said Tuesday (23 February) it has formally warned six EU countries that their virus-related border curbs could undermine free movement within the bloc.
Politics 17-02-2021

Mining fuels Greenland dreams of independence – and political crisis

A rare earth mining project in Greenland has reignited dreams of the autonomous Arctic territory's full independence from Denmark one day, but environmentalists fear large-scale mining could harm the remote island's pristine landscape.
Coronavirus 25-01-2021

Nations tighten virus curbs as Dutch curfew protesters clash with police

Clashes broke out in the Netherlands on Sunday (24 January) as anti-curfew demonstrators protested against coronavirus restrictions, while France imposed new border controls with numerous countries under pressure to slow the spread of new variants. France introduced a requirement for...
Brexit 21-01-2021

Norway’s block on EU fishing vessels keeps Danish boats in port

Norway is withholding permits for British and most EU fishing vessels to catch fish in its North Sea waters while post-Brexit talks between Norway, the EU and Britain are ongoing, leaving many Danish fishing vessels moored idly in ports.
Energy 23-12-2020

Nord Stream 2 pipelaying to begin in Danish waters in January

The Danish Maritime Authority has said that construction will begin in January on the stretch in Danish waters of the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is to bring Russian gas to Germany.
Agrifood 01-12-2020

Wholegrains slash risk of death by up to 24%, says UN food branch

Regular consumption of whole-grains significantly reduces the risk of death,  a recent paper by the food branch of the United Nations found, with stakeholders now calling for more action to promote whole-grains as part of a healthy diet.
Global Europe 27-11-2020

In European first, Iranians face trial over suspected bomb plot

An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranians go on trial in Antwerp for planning to bomb a 2018 meeting of an exiled opposition group, the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.
Global Europe 12-11-2020

Danish company charged with violating EU sanctions on Syria

Denmark’s financial crimes unit on Wednesday announced charges against a Danish company suspected of violating EU sanctions on Syria by delivering large quantities of fuel to Russian warplanes there. The transactions, carried out between 2015 and 2017, amounted to 647...
Coronavirus 06-11-2020

Bulgarian authorities test people in vicinity of mink farms for COVID

The Bulgarian health authorities said on Friday they have ordered mass PCR testing of people in the vicinity of the two mink farms in the country, following the recent mink-related health scare in Denmark. Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev announced the news exclusively to  EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Coronavirus 06-11-2020

UK removes Denmark from travel corridor after coronavirus mutation discovered in minks

The United Kingdom’s Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Friday (6 November) that people arriving in the country from Denmark will need to self-isolate for 14 days, starting on Saturday, as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. “I...
Climate change 06-11-2020

EU should support efforts in Denmark and Netherlands to stop wood-burning

Reversing damaging incentives to burn wood for heat and power is crucial if the EU wants to remain a leader on climate and biodiversity, argue Annika Lund Gade and Peter de Jong.
Coronavirus 05-11-2020

Denmark plans to cull its mink population after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans

Denmark will cull its mink population of up to 17 million after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans, the prime minister said on Wednesday (4 November).
Biomass 07-10-2020

Denmark proposes pathway for ‘sustainable’ biomass

The Danish government and a majority coalition of eight parties have proposed stricter legal requirements for wood biomass, used for heat and electricity in the country.
Electricity 18-09-2020

A carbon neutral Nordic region would need 75% more electricity, study shows

Nordic countries would have to generate another 290 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, an increase of 75% from current levels, to meet the additional demand for power if they become carbon neutral, a study published on Thursday showed.

An EU 2030 climate target of at least 55% is not only necessary – it is also possible

Ambitious climate policy in the EU can underpin a sustainable economic growth that supports the development of a competitive, modern economy that delivers benefits for all, and acts as a beacon of inspiration to the rest of the world, writes Dan Jørgensen.