About: Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Elections 05-06-2019

Denmark’s Social Democrats set to win election on anti-immigration platform

Denmark's Social Democratic Party is set to triumph in Wednesday's (5 June) general election, as polls suggest a surge in support for Mette Frederiksen's outfit, following a transformation of the party's stance on immigration after the 2015 national ballot.
Electric vehicles 02-10-2018

Denmark to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2030

Denmark announced on Tuesday (2 October) that it will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 and hopes to have 1 million electric and hybrid cars on the roads by then.

Denmark wants to cooperate ‘as much as possible’ on European defence

Denmark will take part as much as possible in European defence cooperation outside NATO, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said after meeting France's president on Tuesday (28 August).
Politics 02-05-2017

Europol: Denmark closes front door, opens back door

Denmark is no longer a member of EU law enforcement agency Europol as of yesterday (1 May) but will retain access to its databases thanks to an eleventh hour agreement.

The Brief: Spectre of Putin and Trump looms large over EU summit

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.
Brexit 11-10-2016

‘Lot of work to be done’ on Brexit says Danish PM after meeting May

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).

Danish prime minister defends controversial ‘jewellery’ law

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.

Berlin warns Schengen is in danger

Germany has warned that the EU’s border-free zone is in danger, after countries that didn’t have border controls before Schengen was set up reintroduced checks for the first time since the 1950s.

Denmark introduces border controls with Germany

Denmark will impose temporary border controls at the country's southern border with Germany, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced at a press conference today (4 January) .

Sweden to impose ID checks on travellers from Denmark

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.
Oresund bridge

Denmark to introduce border controls

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 cannot remain full Europol member after referendum

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).

Denmark rejects further EU integration in referendum

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 headed for ‘No’ in EU referendum

Danes are heading to the ballot box today (3 December) to cast their votes on a proposed opt-in to EU Justice and Home Affairs laws. The 'No' side is leading, according to the latest opinion polls.

Paris killings overshadow Danish EU referendum

The terror attacks in Paris on Friday (13 November) could play a role when Danes go the polls on 3 December, to vote on Denmark's opt-out on Justice and Home Affairs.

Denmark advertises how bad the country is to refugees

Denmark’s immigration ministry published advertisements in Lebanese media aimed at discouraging migrants from coming to the country.
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Elections 21-08-2015

Danish prime minister announces date for EU referendum

On 3 December, Danes will vote on a 'flexible' opt-in approach to EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced on Friday (21 August). 
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Brexit 20-08-2015

Danish premier wary of ‘Brexit bomb’

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen moved the date for a referendum on scrapping opt-outs from EU justice affairs policies, in order to avoid it being influence by Britain's Brexit debate.  
Elections 03-07-2015

Danish elections: Euroscepticism instead of rapprochement

After its good election results, the Danish People’s Party could draw Denmark further into the Eurosceptic camp, write Tobias Etzold and Janus Keck.
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Elections 29-06-2015

New Danish government calls referendum on EU Justice opt-out

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).
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Elections 27-06-2015

Liberals form small, minority government in Denmark

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.
Elections 19-06-2015

Rightist coalition wins Danish election

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.