Denmark

Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 8 June 2019

The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

Strike by 1,400 pilots grounds hundreds of flights at Scandinavian Airlines

By Jordan Shilton, 29 April 2019

While pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff have suffered wage cuts since 2012, SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson’s total compensation has shot up by 38 percent over the past three years.

Danish unions sell-out strike in face of lockout

By Ellis Wynne, 8 May 2018

Public services across the country would have been hit, including healthcare, transport and education provision.

Social inequality escalates in Denmark amid bonanza for banks and corporations

By Ellis Wynne, 18 July 2016

Denmark has fallen from the world’s most equal society at the beginning of the millennium to number 14 in the list of European countries.

Danish and Swedish governments step up attacks on refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 20 January 2016

Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

Far right makes major gains in Danish elections

By Jordan Shilton, 23 June 2015

The sharp shift to the right by the Social Democrats has prepared the way for the emergence of xenophobic and nationalist forces.

Danish parties shift further right in election campaign

By Jordan Shilton, 17 June 2015

The scapegoating of immigrants is aimed at diverting attention away from the parties’ defence of the interests of Denmark’s financial elite at the expense of the working class.

Alleged terrorist gunman shot dead in Copenhagen

By Chris Marsden and Jordan Shilton, 16 February 2015

Police said the gunman who attacked a meeting featuring a cartoonist who published a caricature of Mohammed and later attacked a synagogue was already known to them.

Rising inequality in Denmark

By Ennis Wynne, 17 October 2014

Denmark’s 50 richest individuals have more than doubled their wealth.

Danish Socialist Workers Party supports imperialist war in the Middle East

By Christoph Dreier, 26 September 2014

The Danish section of the United Secretariat, the Socialist Workers Party, joined the vote to send an Air Force Hercules transport plane carrying arms to Iraq.

Danish government loses coalition partner

By Sybille Fuchs, 7 February 2014

The cause for the collapse of the coalition was the proposed sale of close to 20 percent of the state energy firm Dong to US investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Danish Social Democrats come out in favor of a “competition state”

By Ellis Wynne, 11 September 2013

Denmark’s ruling coalition, led by the Social Democrats, is moving rapidly to cut public spending, targeting the unemployed and welfare provisions.

Denmark’s social democratic-led government targets health service for cuts

By Ellis Wynne, 31 July 2013

The attack on health provision follows the lockout of 70,000 teachers.

Danish government forces teachers to work longer hours without pay

By Christoph Dreier, 27 April 2013

The Danish parliament passed a special law Friday stipulating that school teachers must work extra hours and accept more flexibility, without pay.

Political issues in the teachers’ lockout in Denmark

By Christoph Dreier, 25 April 2013

The lockout of tens of thousands of Danish teachers by the state marks a new stage in the class struggle in Europe.

70,000 Danish teachers locked out

By Helmut Arens and Christoph Dreier, 24 April 2013

In a historically unprecedented act, the Danish government has locked out 70,000 high school teachers for more than three weeks.

Danish Red-Green Alliance supports budget cuts

By Sybille Fuchs, 11 January 2013

Although the budget enacted by the Danish centre-left government pursues the same austerity policies as its conservative predecessor, the pseudo-left Red-Green Alliance has voted for it.

Pseudo-left “Unity List” backs new right-wing Danish government

By Sybille Fuchs and Johannes Stern, 11 October 2011

In line with support given by petty-bourgeois “leftist” groupings to right-wing governments throughout Europe, the aim of the Unity List is to make the Danish people pay for the economic crisis.

Danish elections bring Social Democrats to power

By Sybille Fuchs, 19 September 2011

The assumption of power by the so-called “Red block” under the leadership of Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt by no means represents a political shift to the left.

Danish government introduces border controls

By Jordan Shilton, 16 May 2011

In a move signalling the end of passport-free travel within Europe, Denmark’s right wing minority government announced on Wednesday that it was unilaterally re-introducing controls at its borders with Sweden and Germany.

Scandinavian and other “neutral” states support assault on Libya

By Steve James, 12 April 2011

Eight Swedish fighter aircraft joined the NATO operation against Libyan government forces last week.

Denmark’s Conservative-Liberal coalition imposes major spending cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2010

Denmark’s Conservative-Liberal coalition is imposing major spending cuts. Last month an estimated 40,000 protesters gathered outside the Danish parliament to oppose a 24 billion kroner programme of austerity measures.

In wake of Detroit airplane bomb plot, new security measures in Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 January 2010

Following the recent terror incidents in Detroit and Denmark, a climate of hysteria is being whipped up by the European political elite and sections of the media to divert attention from the social crisis and justify a further build-up up of the police, military and intelligence agencies.

Unanswered questions about attack on Danish cartoonist

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 January 2010

The official account of the attack on the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard carried out by a Somali man at the start of January defies credibility.

World climate conference: Conflict outside and inside Copenhagen meeting

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2009

Danish police battled demonstrators outside the world climate conference in Copenhagen, while inside the delegates of the imperialist powers, China, India and dozens of less developed countries clashed over conflicting proposals to deal with pollution caused by industrialization, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels.

Danish police arrest nearly 1,000 protesters at climate conference

By Stefan Steinberg, 14 December 2009

Large numbers of Danish riot police intervened brutally to arrest nearly 1,000 activists during a protest march held Saturday in Copenhagen.

Denmark to open Arctic military command

By Niall Green, 22 July 2009

The Danish government announced last week it would expand its permanent military presence in the Arctic. To advance its claims, the Danish bourgeoisie must secure its control over Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and rebuff the territorial ambitions of its rivals in the region.

Second Danish bank bailout in four months

By Jordan Shilton, 23 January 2009

A new €14 billion rescue package for Denmark’s banks was agreed late Sunday night, the second since October.