Today’s front pages – Tuesday, Feb 19

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish dailies are reporting on their front pages

Danes fighting in Syria

Domestic intelligence agency PET says that an increasing number of Danes who are involved in the extremist Muslim environment are travelling to Syria to take part in the battle against Bashar al-Assad's regime. In its most recent terror-threat report, PET warned that Danes travelling to Syria can come in contact with extremist groups and therefore be motivated to commit terrorist acts upon returning to Denmark. A central source from the radical Muslim environment in Denmark said that he knew of at least 30 people who had been to Syria to fight. – Politiken

New PET law lacks control

A majority in parliament are on the cusp of approving a new law that will give oversight over PET, but the law will result in any illegal wire tapping by PET only being discovered by coincidence. The new oversight is expected to be ratified with support from opposition parties despite criticism that it is too weak and under-funded.  While politicians have hailed the new law, the first to be directly aimed at keeping an eye on PET, as groundbreaking, security experts contend that the oversight controls will lack the necessary mechanisms to monitor PET's tapping of phones, bugging of rooms and access to personal data. – Berlingske

Immigrant women on permanent benefits

Immigrant women from non-Western countries make up 25 percent of the nation's long-term cash welfare (kontanthjælp) recipients. Of the 24,000 people nationwide who have received kontanthjælp for more than ten years, more than 6,000 are immigrant women from non-Western backgrounds. While accounting for a quarter of the long-term benefit recipients, immigrant women from non-Western countries only make up 3.4 percent of the total population between the ages of 16 and 64, and thus are vastly over-represented amongst the long-term benefit recipients. – Jyllands-Posten

Carlsberg slipping on the global stage

The pressure is mounting on Danish beer giant Carlsberg due to its competition growing quicker and earning more money. Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-largest brewery, saw its stocks plummet by six percent yesterday. The company's CEO, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen, blamed a stagnant market in eastern Europe for the brewery's decline. While Rasmussen said that Carlsberg is out-competing its rivals in Asia, Børsen financial daily reported that the three biggest global breweries – AB-Inbev, SAB Miller and Heineken – continue to pull ahead of Carlsberg on the world stage. – Børsen