Morning Briefing – Friday, May 10

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

German concerns delay Danish oil hunt

The seventh oil bidding round has been delayed because German citizens and authorities fear that the hunt for oil in Danish waters could compromise the porpoise population and pollute German drinking water. A total of 752 appeals have come from Germany, particularly pointing to the air cannons that oil companies use for seismic research of oil fields. – Berlingske

Esbjerg win cup final

Esbjerg has won the Danish Cup for the first time in 37 years after holding on for a slender 1-0 victory over Randers FC yesterday. In an all-Jutland final, Youssef Toutouh scored the winner ten minutes into the second half as nearly 27,000 spectators saw Randers come up just short in finding an equaliser. – Tipsbladet

Poor to get rich’s healthcare

Local government coalition parties Socialdemokraterne (S) and Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF) are looking at redirecting health care resources from wealthy to the poor in Copenhagen. The deputy major for children and youth, Anne Vang (S), has proposed a nine-step initiative that will mean that 50 percent of the total budget for home visits will go to the city's vulnerable families. – Politiken

SAS pilots were ’mentally stressed’

The national accident investigation board, Havarikommissionen, has found that the pilots in the SAS plane that ran off the runway and ended up in the grass at Copenhagen Airport last November were under pressure to be on time. The plane, an Airbus 319, had just landed from Oslo and none of the 79 passengers or five staff on board were injured in the incident. – TV2 News

Dagpenge dropout numbers continue to rise

The 3,400 unemployed who lost their right to claim unemployment benefits (dagpenge) in the month of April means that 16,200 people have lost benefit rights in the first four months of 2013. That number is already getting close to the the government's estimate on how many would lose dagpenge rights in the first six months of 2013. – DR News

Parliament and public at odds over euthanasia

There is no political will to look into legalising euthanasia in Denmark despite the vast majority of the public supporting the idea. While 71 percent of the public are in favour of allowing assisted suicides, a mere 19 percent of parliament members are for the idea. Some 61 percent of MPs are against euthanasia and 20 percent are neutral, according to a survey conducted by Kristeligt-Dagblad newspaper. – Kristeligt-Dagblad

Denmark in solid display against the Czechs

The Danish ice hockey team held the Czech Republic to a 1-1 draw in regular time and overtime before falling in a sudden death penalty shoot out at the IIHF World Championships. Despite losing, Denmark gained a valuable point for their efforts and find themselves seventh in their group with games against Sweden, Switzerland and Belarus remaining. –