Today’s front pages – Monday, April 15

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

Young Olesen becomes The Master

Young Danish golf prodigy Thorbjørn Olesen finished tied for sixth place at The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia smashing Thomas Bjørn’s record for the top Danish performance at The Masters. Based on the last three days of the tournament, Olesen would have won the tournament, but a sluggish 78 on the opening day was a blemish on his four-under-par tournament finish. A strong 68 on the final day saw him finish one stroke behind Tiger Woods and five strokes off the lead. The result means that Olesen has already qualified for next year’s Masters because he finished within the top 12. – Ekstra Bladet

Ninth grade classes at serious risk

It will be difficult to provide ninth graders with the minimum hours they require to take their graduating examinations after the lockout. So many hours have now been cancelled due to the teacher lockout, which is entering its third week, that a number of schools and councils have admitted that it will be difficult to hold exams now. Experts had predicted that the lockout would only last a week or two, but there still is no solution in sight with both sides refusing to compromise. – Politiken

Europe’s climate battle hanging by a thread

Europe’s role as a leader in the battle for the earth's climate relies on the European Parliament agreeing to climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard’s plan for the EU’s CO2 quotas. According to Berlingske newspaper, the voting will be tight and Europe’s climate policy could collapse if the EU’s quota system for the release of greenhouse gases is not approved. The quota system means that companies can purchase quotas that give them the right to pollute. – Berlingske

Council reforms affecting the weak

Since the council reforms took place in 2007, assistance for the weak and handicapped has fallen drastically according to a new survey. The survey, compiled by Gallup, showed that of the 1,573 Danes asked, only six percent said that council service has improved after the reforms, while 49 percent believe that service has worsened. The survey was conducted at the behest of a number of organisations including the FOA union, handicap advocates Danske Handicaporganisationer, and social educators' union Socialpædagogerne. – Kristeligt-Dagblad