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PM's nose grows with reprimand

Helle Thorning-Schmidt receives official reprimand in 'Christiania case'

A new nose for Helle (Photo: Scanpix / Keld Navntoft)

January 17, 2014

by Justin Cremer

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's face, which graced front pages worldwide thanks to an infamous selfie, is about to look less recognizable. Politically, anyway.

Thorning-Schmidt is due to receive an official parliamentary reprimand – which in Danish is called a 'næse' (nose) – for her role in the 'Christiania Case', a political scandal that has also cost the jobs of her justice minister and the head of the domestic intelligence agency PET

MPs are currently debating – really, we are not making this up – the size of Thorning-Schmidt's nose. 

Left-wing party Enhedslisten, a sometimes supporter of Thorning-Schmidt's coalition government thinks the PM should get off with just a minor tweak of the nose. 

"It's not one of the bigger ones," Enhedslisten's Pernille Skipper told DR Nyheder.

Right-wing Dansk Folkeparti's Peter Skaarup, however, thinks "it should be big."

The prime minister faced a parliamentary hearing earlier today regarding an admission from Morten Bødskov, her former justice minister, that he lied to parliament. Documents came forward earlier this week that revealed that the PM's office and the Justice Ministry had an email correspondence about the contents of a press release Bødskov sent on November 19. On one of the drafts, Bødskov offered a concession that he gave "an inaccurate picture" to parliaments legal committee about the real reason a planned visit by the same committee to the freetown of Christiania was cancelled. 

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