Denmark. 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
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.
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
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
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