Morning Briefing – Thursday, May 23

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

US deal could net 20,000 jobs

A prospective free trade agreement between the European Union and the US could swing 20,000 jobs Denmark’s way due to its proficiency in industries such as chemistry, machinery, food production and sea transport – all of which are areas expected to grow under the agreement. The negotiations on the free trade agreement, which will be the world’s largest, are to commence this summer and will likely last two years. – Politiken

Top restaurants ignoring collective bargaining agreements

The unions have virtually given up arranging collective bargaining agreements with the nation's top-notch restaurants, according to a new survey. The survey, compiled by Jyllands-Posten newspaper, showed that only 16 out of the 57 restaurants that are mentioned in the Michelin food guide have a collective bargaining agreement in place for their employees. – Jyllands-Posten

Cannabis prolongs psychological illnesses

New Danish research shows that cannabis makes it harder for young people suffering from psychological illnesses to rid themselves of their symptoms, even if they are receiving treatment. The research project followed a group of young Danes who had begun to show signs of psychosis. Some patients smoked continuously or partially during the study, while others did not. – Videnskab

Afghanistan aid ending in wrong pockets

Information gleaned from the Foreign Ministry via an access to information request revealed that much of the 530 million kroner that Denmark sends to Afghanistan every year ends up vanishing thanks to corruption. There have been at least ten cases of corruption in Danish aid programmes to Afghanistan since 2005, three of which involve the administration of the president, Hamid Karzai, who recently visited Denmark. – Information

Incorrect US report vexes Danish church

The Danish church is up in arms thanks to a report from the US State Department, which states that everyone in Denmark is automatically a member of the Evangelical-Lutheran church unless they withdraw themselves. But it is only people who are baptised who are automatically added as members, and the church is now worried that other countries will accuse Denmark of religious discrimination. – Kristeligt-Dagblad

Finance authorities to stay tough

Denmark’s banks and financial institutions will have to come to terms with the fact that the nation's financial authorities, Finanstilsynet, are the toughest in Europe. Ulrik Nødgaard, the head of Finanstilsynet, said that its stern stance was necessary in order to clean up in the Danish banking sector following the financial crisis. – Børsen

Arnesen sacked in Hamburg

Former Danish footballer Frank Arnesen has been fired from his job as sporting director at German club Hamburger SV after two tumultuous years. The club cited financial issues and disagreements on the long-term direction of the club as reasons for the dismissal. Hamburg have struggled the last few seasons and finished this year’s Bundesliga in seventh place. – Tipsbladet