Denmark is one of the very few countries in the west, where nationalism is increasing at an alarming rate. After, 50 year’s presence of ethnic and religious minorities, Danes are still discussing; Who is a Dane and what Danish-ness means and most importantly; Can ethnic and religious minorities be Danes?
On 9th Feb 2017, anti-minority Danish Peoples Party once again pushed this argument in the Parliament to make a distinction between Danes and people from non-European background, in order to decrease the population percentage of minorities in the same neighbourhood.
Both the decision in the parliament and subsequent discussions in the media were heated and effected Danes and minorities very deeply.
My interview is with Alex Sabour who runs a advertisement agency and who made a 3 minutes’ video with some minority children. It is very touching and have been seen by 2.3 million viewers in s short time.
Listen to Alex speak about Danishness and you would understand, what democratic and humanistic society like Denmark has become.
German authorities looked the other way as a right-wing terrorist cell went on a seven-year killing spree. Now they won’t look in the mirror.
BY JACOB KUSHNER
ILLUSTRATION BY JESSE LENZ
The question on everyone’s mind remains unacknowledged and unaddressed by the court: How did German authorities fail to notice that a group of neo-Nazis was killing ethnic minorities, practically under their noses? The answer — according a growing body of evidence deemed inadmissible to the trial — is that they should have noticed. Or even, that they did — but looked away.
There are plenty of explanations for what went wrong, ranging from bureaucratic rivalries between government agencies, to intelligence agents going too far to protect their informants, to outright institutionalized racism in German law enforcement.
Denmark used to be proud for being the champion of human rights and freedom. Now, it’s minister celebrates her success by making the life of minorities a hell.
What a change?
March 15th, 2017 by Stephen Gadd
The Danish minister for integration, immigration and housing, Inger Støjberg, is no stranger to controversy. However, her latest move seems to have been a little too much to swallow – even for her own Venstre party comrades.
On Tuesday afternoon on her Facebook page, Støjberg put up a picture of herself holding an elaborately decorated cake with the number 50 prominently displayed.
In her post, she explained this was to celebrate the fact that the government has now managed to pass 50 laws tightening up various areas of immigration law.
Not everyone feels like celebrating, though. In a Twitter post responding to a question as to whether he was going to eat a piece, Venstre’s citizenship spokesman, Jan E Jørgensen, indicated he did not share her views by tweeting “I’m on a diet”.
Other commentators seemed to agree with him. Rasmus Hedegaard said “it’s a pretty odd thing to celebrate. Try substituting ‘foreigner’ with ‘equality’, ‘education’, ‘justice’, ‘growth’ … It sounds a bit hollow and smells of pandering to groups of voters who usually belong to other parties.”
Jakob Lindell Ruggaard responded that “something is really wrong when you can get good publicity for yourself by making life difficult for refugees and immigrants”.
A good news for progressive Europeans and a slap on the face of haters and Islamophobs.
The Netherlands’ election was the first big test of 2017 for Europe’s right-wing populist movement.
By Eline Gordts , Nick Robins-Early
The Netherlands’ incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte will win the Dutch election, preliminary results indicate, dealing a decisive blow to the far right Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders.
Two exit polls released at the end of a long election day predict Rutte’s VVD is expected to remain the Netherlands’ biggest political party, more than 10 seats ahead of the Party for Freedom.
“It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row,” Rutte told supporters in the Hague. “It is also an evening in which the Netherlands after Brexit, after the American elections said stop to the wrong kind of populism.”
Two exit polls predict the VVD of will end up with 31 of 150 seats in Parliament, 10 seats less than it currently holds. Three parties are expected to come in next with 19 seats ― the far-right Party of Freedom, the Christian-Democrats of the CDA and the progressive D66 Party. The labor-oriented PvdA suffered a historic defeat and is set to lose up to 29 seats. The GreenLeft party is set to book some of the largest gains in the vote, up over 10 seats from the previous election.
In Sixties and seventies, Denmark allowed and welcomed migrants from non-European countries to do the dirty work on cheap wages. They had to work hard to establish, take care of families and even learn the language as they went along.
There were no language courses, official guidance or integration schemes until recently.
Now after 5 decades, Copenhagen has realised that it must be more welcoming to the new expats and international work force.
So on 7th March, a letter from the department of culture and leisure was sent to those, municipality wanted to show its new house. My friend Nasar Malik and I went to check out the place.
The mayor of culture, Carl Christian explained that the new house would help the new arrivals because relocating to and living in another country can be challenging. Often there are many practical matters to attend to. International House Copenhagen is there to make settling in as easy as possible.
In a 7-floor building in the heart of Copenhagen you can have your paperwork sorted out, get help to find a network and/or a job, talk to our leisure guides, participate in events and much more.
Congratulation, Copenhagen. It is better late than never.
BERLIN ― They were demeaned, stripped of their rights, forced into labor, sent to extermination camps, murdered. Theirs is a story of the Holocaust that often goes untold, and even so many years later, this community remains socially marginalized.
The Roma, also known as Gypsies, a term some consider insulting, are believed to have come from India to Europe between the 8th and 10th centuries. Before the Second World War, it is estimated that there were nearly 1 million of them in Europe. The precise number who perished during the Holocaust remains unknown, but historians say about a quarter of the European Roma population was murdered by Germans and their allies, while the Council of Sinti and Roma suggest the figure is about half a million.
1997 was the European Year Against Racism and for the first time, concrete action was undertaken at EU level to combat racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism in partnership with the European Parliament and the Member States.
The aim of the Year was to complement and support the efforts of all relevant national and European players, by encouraging cooperation and promoting visibility at EU level.
In Denmark, many NGOs were also involved in various activities to mark this important milestone.
I decided to do something unusual.
Due to my anti-racist work, I was often invited to speak at schools on the issue of racism and immigration. I soon noticed that there was no book about racism in school libraries at that time that young people could read and understand.
So in 1996, I wrote a book called; I am not racist but——. It was meant to be a book for school kids but I also noted that most libraries bought the book for their adult readers.
So, when I visited the Copenhagen Main Library on 3rd March 2001, I was pleasantly surprised to see that after 21 years, my book was part of an exhibition in the front hall.
I felt proud and happy. Sincere effort does bring results.
Presentation by Media and politicians of Muslims is very one-sided and creates frustration, conclude researchers.
Danish Muslims and Islam’s role in Danish society has been part of the debate for decades. Among politicians and opinion makers, in feature articles and letters to the editors, social media and in newspaper headlines and breaking news on television, Islam is every where.
And there are indications that among the approximately 280,000 Muslims in Denmark, it is a strong feeling that the debate has assumed a very negative form.
Thus, in a poll conducted by research company Megafon for Politiken and TV2, 81 percent Muslims said that they are completely or largely agree that the perception of Islam and Muslims has deteriorated over the past 10 years.
The survey was conducted among 518 randomly selected Danish Muslims during the period February 20 to 23, 2017.
Such a large share of Danish Muslims who have this view, does not surprise Brian Arly Jacobsen, who researches the role of religion in the public space and integration among Muslims at Copenhagen University.
He sees a clear connection between the strong stereotypical image of Muslims in the public and the feeling of stigmatization.
“Danish Muslims are a social group that for nearly two decades has been in spotlight among politicians and debaters in the society. Representatives of the public often talk about the group as one whole, and often as root to one or more social problems, and it is quite natural that it greatly affects self-awareness among Danish Muslims, “he explains.
As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen attracts many international literary personalities. Few always have a strong message for the readers while others are rather bland. But when my friend told me that German author, Jenny Erpenbeck would be at the main library on 3rd March and would be interviewed by my favourite author and commentator, Carsten Jensen, I could not miss the chance. The day turned out to be great for me.
Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel is about the present refugee situation in Germany and Europe.
Her one hour exchange with Carsten was a revelation and a great message to the European masses.
Here are some of her golden words:
- If a conflict situation ever arose in Europe, it would not be because of refugees but our own sense of insecurity and aggression.
- While the present generation suffer from the lack of interaction with others but an experience of refugees should not be a problem because Europe has dealt with this before.
- We live with people around us with whom, we share only ethnicity but nothing else while we share many interests with someone, who comes from far away and do not look like us.
- Many refugees who have lived in Europe for many years but still feel that they have not arrived.
- Everybody loses something by moving to another place but then we gain something new- knowledge, relationship, friends.
- Things are often very complex and not so black and white but we need to go away from THEM versus US and move towards WE.
- Historical events shape our destiny. Many times, a tiny thing can be a turning point in our lives by making sense and giving importance to our lives. That should interest us all.
- We are more than our individual selves and memories are transmitted to the next generation, making it an eternal life.
- I wish that there were more writers and less politicians in this world. That might bring peace.
Det hævdes ofte af anti-mindretalS kræfter i Danmark, at indvandrere, flygtninge og asylansøgere ikke er til gavn for dansk økonomi.
Sådanne uvidende mennesker bør lytte til deres egne landsmænd, både fagforeninger og arbejdsgiverorganisationer. De skriger efter en bedre måde at inkludere disse grupper på arbejdsmarkedet, men nationalistiske politikere ville ikke lytte. Hvorfor, fordi de ikke ønsker, at disse mennesker skal være i Danmark.
1. FTF: Arbejdsparate flygtninge drukner i papirbunker. FTF håber, at regeringens udlændingeudspil vil sende flere flygtninge ud på arbejdsmarkedet.
2. Topchef kritiserer politisk nøleri om integrationsreglerDanfoss’ formand mener, at flygtninge- og asylreglerne skal ændres. Systemet er for strengt, mener han.
Jørgen Mads Clausen savner, at der sker noget fra politisk side, så mange af de veluddannede flygtninge kan komme i arbejde.