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Yearbook 2001

2001 DenmarkDenmark. Immigration and refugee issues continued to dominate Danish social debate in 2001. The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance claimed in a report that Denmark is characterized by an anti-Muslim climate, which leads to intolerance, prejudice and discrimination in the labor and housing markets. The report received harsh criticism mainly from the Danish People's Party, but also Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft rejected the conclusions.

2001 Denmark

In August, a working group appointed by Interior Minister Karen Jespersen submitted a report urging immigrants to join Danish values. Fundamental rights such as freedom of religion and expression should be respected, the group also pointed out that i. forced marriage is not compatible with Danish values and that gender equality must be respected. The report, which received criticism from ethnic minorities, also showed that integration works very poorly in Denmark. In particular, the high unemployment rate among immigrants was highlighted.

Debate also surrounded the new Israeli ambassador who came to Copenhagen in August. Critics demanded that Carmi Gillon be rejected because he led Israel's security service and was then responsible for torture, or what he himself refers to as "limited physical coercion," in interrogating Palestinians. The debate brought diplomatic cold between Denmark and Israel, according to Digopaul.

Business and the opposition were very critical of the Social Democrat-led government's budget proposals for the coming years. contained increased environmental fees. The government also promised a significant extension of parental insurance. The draft budget was submitted at a time when the Danish economy was working relatively well. But signs of deterioration came in August, and despite elections waiting, the government was forced to tone down its promised promises under the influence of unrest following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Hard anti-Islamic statements by the Danish People's Party after the terrorist act were criticized by all other parties in the Folketing. At the same time, the government's immigration and refugee policy was criticized by the Danish People's Party, the Venstre and the Conservative. They believed that there will be too many immigrants for Denmark to be able to integrate them.

The government also ended in blustery weather as Denmark provided protection to an Iraqi officer accused of war crimes. Several serious criminal persons had also been granted residence permits in Denmark. On the other hand, the government's proposal for stricter laws against support for terrorism was met by legal warnings that certain parts threatened legal certainty.

The prime minister announced the parliamentary elections until November 20, when elections for municipalities and county councils (county) were also held. The short electoral movement received hateful and xenophobic elements and was mostly about the tightening of immigrant and refugee policy. The larger parties approached the Danish People's Party with demands for reduced immigration of relatives to those who have been granted a residence permit in Denmark.

The election gave a purely bourgeois majority in the Parliament. The Left Party became the largest party with 56 seats, an increase of 14, and the Danish People's Party more than doubled from 9 to 22 seats. Conservative People's Party retained its 16 seats. The Social Democrats lost 11 seats and ended 52.

Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen resigned and succeeded Venstres leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This formed a coalition between the Left and the Conservative, whose former leader Per Stig Møller became Foreign Minister. The new minority government became dependent on the Danish People's Party's support in the Folketing and announced some tightening in the refugee and immigration policy.

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