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Denmark's anti-immigrants second largest party

The anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP) has overtaken the ruling Social Democrats as the country's second most popular party, a poll showed on Friday. The opposition Venstre party topped the survey results and would lead a centre-right coalition to victory if elections were held today, according to pollster Wilke. The opinion poll published in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper said 19.5 percent of voters would cast their ballot for the populist DPP and only 18.3 percent for Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's Social Democrats.

Coalition partner quits Danish government

One of the three members of Denmark's leftist coalition quit the government on Thursday over the controversial sale of a stake in state-controlled energy group DONG to US investment bank Goldman Sachs. "We have followed this DONG case to the end," leader of the Socialist People's Party and minister for social affairs and integration, Annette Vilhelmsen, said at a press conference, where she announced her resignation from both posts.

Coalition partner quits Danish government

One of the three members of Denmark's leftist coalition quit the government on Thursday over the controversial sale of a stake in state-controlled energy group DONG to US investment bank Goldman Sachs. "We have followed this DONG case to the end," leader of the Socialist People's Party and minister for social affairs and integration, Annette Vilhelmsen, said at a press conference, where she announced her resignation from both posts.

Social media buzzes over Obama photo with Cameron, Danish P.M.

Washington, Dec 12 (EFE).- The image in which President Barack Obama and the British and Danish prime ministers - David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, respectively - are seen taking a photo of themselves during the memorial for Nelson Mandela has become one of the most-commented-upon subjects in the U.S. media and across the social networks. The "selfie" the three leaders made using Thorning-Schmidt's cellphone has sparked all sorts of commentary about whether the behavior was appropriate, given that the trio were at a memorial service.

Danish government seals budget deal with opposition: TV

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's government agreed a deal on the 2014 budget with the main opposition parties late on Tuesday, including tax relief for workers and an agreement to cut corporate taxes earlier, local media said. The four-year 10 billion Danish crown ($1.82 billion) package will see 1.3 billion set aside for the workers' tax break, local news agency Ritzau and TV2 News said.

Danish PM's party rebound fuels speculation of early election

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish prime minister's Social Democratic Party edged ahead of its main rival for the first time in two years in a poll released on Monday, fuelling media speculation of an early election. The result marked a rebound for a party which had seen its support fall away as it forced through cuts to unemployment benefits, student grants and other parts of the country's generous welfare system.

Danish PM reshuffles cabinet to boost failing support

Denmark's Social Democratic Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced a cabinet reshuffle on Friday, as her coalition government bleeds in the polls ahead of local elections in November. An opinion poll published this week indicated the centre-left government -- made up of the Social Democrats, Social Liberals and Socialist People's Party -- would win only 42.5 percent of the vote if an election were held now, compared to 57.3 percent for the Liberal-led centre-right.

Danish PM launches reshuffle to try to stem falling support

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced a government reshuffle on Friday to try to stem falling support for the ruling coalition over cuts to the country's generous welfare system. Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark's first female prime minister, said she would appoint a new minister for business and growth, Henrik Sass Larsen, to try to kick start an economy which has been poised on the brink of recession for more than a year.

Danish PM booed off stage at May Day demonstration

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday cut short her May Day speech after being met with a cacophony of whistling and jeers in the city of Aarhus. Police also detained a man after he squirted the social democratic leader with a water pistol as she walked off the stage in the Tangkrogen park, the daily Politiken wrote on its website. "All are within their rights to make what they want of me, but ... it's a strange paradox when May 1 is all about dialogue," Thorning-Schmidt said.

Denmark to pull half its troops out of Afghanistan a year early

Denmark will withdraw half of its 650 soldiers from Afghanistan in August, a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday. An infantry unit had been due to be replaced in the volatile Helmand province in August but Thorning-Schmidt said that this would no longer take place based on an assessment by British and Danish defence officials. "Therefore the only combat unit in Afghanistan will be our tank unit, which will remain," he told reporters.
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