Government presents new foreign policy strategy – The Post

Government presents new foreign policy strategy

Migration, terrorism, Brexit and the Arctic among the focal points

Samuelsen and Tørnæs revealing Denmark’s brand new foreign policy bag (photo: Hasse Ferrold)
June 14th, 2017 11:08 am| by Christian W
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

The government has today presented its new foreign and security policy strategy for the next two years (2017-2018).

The strategy was unveiled by the foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, and development minister, Ulla Tørnæs, and will encompass all aspects of Denmark’s foreign policy work.

“The world looks a lot different than it did three-four years ago – and actually just one year ago,” said Samuelsen.

“In many areas, life has improved for many, but there are also a lot of things that are moving in the wrong direction: freedom and free trade is under pressure, migration floods are threatening Europe’s stability, authoritarian powers are gaining momentum and international co-operation is increasingly questioned.”

READ MORE: Denmark signs EU free trade deal with Canada

Taking the reins
Samuelsen maintained that Denmark should take more responsibility in the wake of Brexit, the new course set in the US and a more aggressive Russian foreign policy.

Increasing the Danish defence budget, tackling cybercrime and obtaining a Brexit result that it good for Denmark were among the goals highlighted by the foreign minister.

Download the entire foreign policy strategy here (in Danish).

The five principal components of the new strategy are:


– migration, instability and terrorism

– security in local areas

– Brexit and the future of the EU

– globalisation – economic and technological diplomacy

– the Arctic