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by Euro Reporter
2009-01-15 07:45:27
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A new political party

Analysts say a lack of prominent faces in parliament's newest political party make its chances of success slim. Former Social Liberal Simon Emil Ammitzbøll presented his new political party, the Civil Centre, on Tuesday afternoon, pledging his allegiance to individual freedoms and backing Anders Fogh Rasmussen to continue as prime minister. Ammitzbøll, 31, turned up alone to his scheduled press conference at parliament's Christiansborg Palace, but assured his audience he had plenty of new members to work with in his centre-right party.

'We're a group of people - some from the Social Liberals, some from the Liberal Alliance and some, who have never been active in a political party before,' said Ammitzbøll. 'The Social Liberals have allied themselves with the Social Democrats and Socialist People's Party - an almost historical turn to the left. The Liberal Alliance would rather break down the social welfare state rather than develop it, and Naser Khader said after his own departure that the party was no longer a centre party.' According to Ammitzbøll, the Civil Centre's platform will be 'liberal and humanistic' and that it would seek to 'secure the greatest possible freedoms for the individual citizen'. Ammitzbøll said that while he was against social inequality, he believed people should be allowed to develop their individual talents. 'It's the state's job to ensure equality in the broadest possible sense so that the individual can fully use their potential to define a good life for themselves.'

New party; the same good old methods!!!


Schools and the Palestinian conflict

A number of school administrators have come forth in recent days to confirm that they recommend Jewish children should not enroll at their schools. According to school administrators, law enforcement officials and social workers, the on-going conflict in Gaza has led to heightened tensions between Jews and Arabs - particularly Palestinians - here in Denmark. And although few headmasters of schools have faced the situation, most of those at schools with a high percentage of children of Arab descent say they try to prevent Jewish parents from enrolling their children there.

On Monday, headmaster Olav Nielsen of Humlehave School in Odense publicly admitted he would refuse Jewish parents' wish to place their child at his school.  The comments were made following an incident last week in which two Israeli citizens were shot and wounded at a city shopping centre. Police believe the incident was a reaction to the Gaza conflict. Other headmasters have now come forth to support Nielsen's position, adding that they are putting the child's safety first.

The other reality of the problem.


More unemployment more banks’ failure

More banks are likely to crash this year due to the continuing global financial crisis, according to a new report from Denmark's National Bank. In its report on the country's financial stability for the second half of 2008, the National Bank also indicated that unemployment can reach up to 200,000 in the next two years, compared with the estimated 50,000 jobless recorded at the end of last year. The report also states that 2009 will be the start of the largest drop in productivity in the country in 25 years, due to a combination of banks' unwillingness to lend money and the international recession.

And although the report says the government's bank bailout packages will help stronger financial institutions get through their liquidity problems, the National Bank's 'stress test' has shown that banks already on shaky ground may have a tough time surviving. 'A few Danish banks will not be able to withstand the expected economic development as it looks today,'  Niels Bernstein, chairman of the National Bank's board of governors, commented in the report. 'Our stress tests show that many Danish banks will have problems if they are exposed to major economic shocks.' Six banks declared bankruptcy in 2008 and were then either bought out by the National Bank or merged with other banks. Bernstein recommended that the government introduce a 'temporary facility' to supplement capital raised in the private market 'so that well-run Danish banks gain access to temporary financing on conditions that resemble those in the market as closely as possible'.

Analysts say the report is a bad omen for 2009. The people don’t say anything ,they are just …suffering!

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