The two leaders wielding the most influence over the outcome of today’s European Council aren’t even from the EU. The spectre of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump loomed large over the summit in Brussels.
Denmark’s prime minister has warned that the UK still has “quite a lot of work to be done” to figure out its Brexit negotiation position, after meeting with the British prime minister last night (10 October).
Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, defended pending legislation on Tuesday (12 January), that would allow the authorities to confiscate refugees’ valuables, in order to pay for their stay in asylum shelters.
Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark, as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers.
Denmark will introduce border controls with Germany on 4 January, as soon as Sweden formally introduces ID checks on the Øresund bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Monday (14 December).
Denmark will not be able to stay in the European police cooperation organisation, Europol, after the country voted 'No' last week to a flexible opt-in arrangement under EU Justice and Home Affairs laws, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen confirmed on Friday (11 December).
Danes voted against adopting a 'flexible' opt-in arrangement on EU justice legislation in a referendum on Thursday (3 December). Parties said the 'No' result was due to a Danish refusal to give up more sovereignty to the EU.
Denmark's new conservative-liberal government has called a referendum in 2015 to decide on a more flexible opt-in arrangement on EU Justice matters, an area where the country currently has a strict opt-out, according to the government's work programme published yesterday (28 June).
Denmark's new prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will on Sunday (28 June) announce that he will lead a liberal minority government over the next four years, as government coalition talks with other right-wing parties have collapsed.
An alliance of right-wing parties won the Danish general election on Thursday evening (18 June), in an extremely close race marked by the dramatic rise of the far-right Danish People's Party, which became the country’s second biggest political force.