Morning Briefing – Tuesday, May 7

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish press is reporting

DF in rage over Somalia funds

Right-wing Dansk Folkeparti (DF) is fuming at the news that the development minister, Christian Friis Bach (Radikale), is expected to announce the donation of 75 million kroner to war-torn Somalia today. DF spokesperson Hans Kristian Skibby called the donation “insane” and feared that the money would be spent on financing further conflict in the country. –TV2 News

Danish pedagogy embraced in China

Danish pedagogic style has become coveted in China, where parents want their children to experience more play and creativity. VIA University College is behind an initiative to introduce Nordic-inspired kindergartens in Chengdu and Chongqing that cater up to 100 children each. – DR News

Opposition wants tax authorities investigated

Opposition parties Venstre and Konservative do not have faith in tax authority Skat's ability to properly investigate high-profile tax cases. The parties argued that Skat utilised dubious methods in its handling of cases involving PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s husband Stephen Kinnock, photo model Camilla Vest Nielsen, and former Pandora tycoon Jesper ‘Kasi’ Nielsen. – Berlingske

Seeing the doctor could cost a bundle

The public could risk having to pay up to 900 kroner per consultation if the doctors follow through on their threat to end the co-operation with the public sector as of September 1. Each individual doctor could set his or her own consultation price with no guarantee that the councils will refund the entire amounts to patients afterwards. – Jyllands-Posten

PFA taking on the banks

The nation’s biggest pension fund, PFA, is planning a direct attack on the pension funds operated by Danske Bank and Nordea Bank, which control the private pension market. The move will include taking over 49 percent of the small and medium sized banks’ pension fund, Letpension, giving PFA access to 400,000 customers. – Børsen

Thousands popping pills they don’t need

There are about 300,000 Danes currently on ‘happy pills’ against depression, but according to a leading doctor, ten percent of them are taking medicine even though it doesn’t help them. Instead of relief from depression, they just get the side effects of pain, heart issues, impotence and dizziness. –

Majka slips in the Giro

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s big hope in the overall standings, Rafal Majka, lost 34 seconds to some of his main rivals yesterday in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia. The young Pole finished 50 seconds behind stage winner Luca Paolini (Katusha) and is currently sitting in 26th place in the overall standings. –