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Yearbook 2016

2016 DenmarkDenmark. When Sweden introduced ID checks against Denmark after New Year to reduce the influx of refugees, Denmark responded with similar border checks against Germany.

In January, the parliament voted for stricter asylum laws, including longer waiting times for family reunification, stricter requirements for permanent residence permits and reduced grants. Most debate aroused the so-called jewelery proposal, which gave the police the opportunity to seize asylum seekers' valuables and money to pay for their living in Denmark. The government got through the proposal when it was amended so that items of affection value, such as wedding rings and personal jewelry, could not be seized.

2016 Denmark

In February, a government crisis erupted when the Conservative People's Party expressed distrust of Left's Environment Minister Eva Kjer Hansen. She was accused of leaving the Folketing behind the light.

According to countryaah, the opposition wanted a vote of no confidence in the Folketing, but Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen defended his colleague and threatened to announce new elections. After hard negotiations, Løkke Rasmussen was allowed to resign and dismissed the disputed minister. New Minister for the Environment was Esben Lunde Larsen.

In March, the government decided to step up the Danish military effort against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq and to enter Syria as well. 400 soldiers would be sent to both countries and Danish fighter and transport aircraft could also be joined by the US-led coalition.

In April, four men in Copenhagen were arrested on suspicion of committing terrorist offenses in Syria. They were accused of joining the terrorist group IS with the intention of committing terrorist acts.

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July, Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen announced that Denmark would send up to 200 soldiers to the NATO force planned for deployment in Estonia, at NATO's border with the Russian Federation.

Two editors in the newspaper Se og Hør were sentenced in August to conditional prison sentences and community service, while the magazine's owners were fined SEK 10 million. The newspaper had bought information about celebrity card payments. Among the 135 people involved were Prince Joachim, Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen and actor Mads Mikkelsen.

In August, the Left government presented a plan to further tighten refugee policy. This included the possibility of rejecting asylum seekers at the border. At the same time, stricter penalties for begging were proposed, from warning to imprisonment for 14 days at the first instance.

In November, Løkke Rasmussen declared that he wanted to broaden his one-party government - Venstre had only 34 of the Folketing's 179 seats. He invited the Liberal Alliance and Conservative People's Party parties to negotiations and formed a tripartite government. Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen (Venstre) became new Minister of Finance and the EU-critical LA leader Anders Samuelsen took over as Foreign Minister.

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