Morning Briefing – Monday, May 13

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

Report: Interpreters are in danger

A new report from the global human rights organisation Avaaz has quelled any notion that interpreters in Afghanistan who have worked for coalition forces are safe. Out of 35 interpreters contacted by Avaaz, 34 said that they had received death threats but only a few had reported it to the authorities out of fear. Since 2001, 25 out of 195 interpreters working for the Danish forces in Afghanistan have been killed. – Politiken

Upper-secondary diploma not enough

Students who get their upper-secondary school diploma but fail to obtain a higher education afterwards risk being viewed as de facto uneducated, the labour council Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (AE) fears. About eight percent of every graduating class from upper-secondary schools will never continue their education and in 2020, 62,000 of them will be unusable in the labour market, according to a report by AE. – Berlingske

Thorning-Schmidt popular abroad

Prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne) may be unpopular at home as she continues to plummet in the polls, but she is seen as a borderline star abroad. The international think-tank Policy Network praised Thorning-Schmidt as much more decisive than the French president Francois Hollande, while she has also been hailed by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the EU president, Herman Van Rompuy. – Jyllands-Posten

Tvis Holstebro wins EHF Cup

The women’s team from Tvis Holstebro secured the biggest result in club history after beating French outfit Metz 33-28 in the European Handball Federation (EHF) final. Tvis Holstebro had lost the first game by four goals at home, but sensationally managed to turn the tide by a five-goal margin in France to win 64-63 on aggregate. –

Politicians gunning for pension funds

A number of politicians from a wide range of parties in parliament are ready to put pension funds in their place in order to secure equal access and conditions to the so-called 'age savings tax discount' as proposed by the government. A number of pension funds have not offered the solution to their customers while others have charged exuberant fees. – Børsen

Thousands paying too much in rent

Around 100,000 renters are paying too much, according to metroXpress newspaper. The renters' advocacy group, Lejernes Landsorganisation (LLO), found that in nine out of ten cases, the house rent is too high on ownership flats (ejerlejligheder) and if everyone who rented ownership flats took their cases to the renting commission, they could, on average, pay 8,600 kroner less a year. – metroXpress

Police kick out occupiers

Copenhagen Police arrested 38 people on Sunday after they had occupied a building illegally from Thursday evening. The building, located at Jagtvej 155B, was stormed by the police and the 38 occupiers were all charged with illegal entry to a building. The occupiers said that they wanted to transform the building into a ‘cultural free haven’. – TV2 News