11th November 2006
This is a little bit unusual, since we're still three years from the next parliamentary election, but Venstre - the party currently in government - has opened negotiations with both the Liberal Alliance and the Danish Conservative Party. Their intention is to include ministers from both, though the postings have yet to be worked out.
There's one ministerial post that will be open, though; Claus Hjort Frederiksen, the current Minister of Finance, is stepping down. He's a bit of a controversial figure, having been accused to removing incriminating documents from official archives and providing the Folketing with false information.
There's some speculation that the Conservative Party may snatch up the Ministry of Environment, which would be a positive thing. They're the party with the most climate focused policy in that regard, to the point where they've been called the green party of the right. Worst case, the Liberal Alliance will get the post - and they will prioritize corporations over the environment.
At any rate, it should be interesting to see what they conclude. Negotiations are expected to be wrapped up any day now.
I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
What's the reasoning behind them wanting to do this, though?
Danny King | Community Manager | GameFront.com
11th November 2006
"FileTrekker"What's the reasoning behind them wanting to do this, though?
Numerous journalists have asked this, too. According to the party leaders, the various parties - while not agreeing on everything - have moved towards common enough space on the spectrum that they feel comfortable being in a coalition again.
They actually just announced the new ministerial postings yesterday. The leader of the Liberal Alliance will become the new foreign minister, which will be... interesting. He seems to be promoting European values and in favour of distancing ourselves from the US now. The old foreign minister - a member of Venstre - will be taking over the Finance Minister post from Claus Hjort Frederiksen, who'll be snatching the Defense Minister post. Current Defense Minister will be stepping down entirely.
Bit of a weird shuffle. New ministries, too. Whereas the old cabinet consisted of 16 ministers, the new one will be 22. 13 from Venstre, 6 from Liberal Alliance and 3 from the Conservative Party. Additionally, 13 of the ministers are men, 9 of them are women.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Reshuffling between elections is a bit... unconventional... I'd worry (or cheer) that either various powers are not too pleased about the current agreements and positions. Or that something is rummbling in the background and there is a need to re-arrange the deck so that the primairy parties can keep on passing most of their bills through the senate and parlaiment.