Morning Briefing – Thursday, June 20

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

PET clamping down on jihadists

Secret police agency PET and the justice minister, Morten Bødskov (Socialdemokraterne), will reveal a strategy today designed to prevent jihadists from travelling from Denmark to take part in the conflict in Syria and that will punish those who go to the trouble spot and then return to Denmark as radical Muslims. – Politiken

'Red carpet' for foreign businesspeople

The government is relaxing visa requirements for some business travellers from countries like China and India. The 'red carpet' initiative will cut processing times for approved businesses and allow visitors to stay in the country longer. – Berlingske

Teacher's assistants get more pricey

The government could wind up footing the bill for more class preparation time taken by teacher's assistants. While school reform has trimmed the hours that teacher's themselves can use to prepare for classes, assistants are entitled to a certain amount of prep time. The move could prove costly because the reform calls for thousands of teaching assistants to be moved from after school activities into the classroom.  – Jyllands-Posten

Light-rail one step closer

Support seems to be in place for Greater Copenhagen to get its first light-rail system. Only leftist party Enhedslisten declined to sign off on allowing the transport minister, Henrik Dam Kristensen (Scoialdemokraterne), to begin negotiations between the state, the regional government and the councils that will be served by the light rail system. – Ingeniøren

Beijing tourism agreement

An agreement between Copenhagen and the Chinese capital of Beijing is expected to attract more Chinese tourists to Denmark. Mayor Frank Jensen (Socialdemokraterne), and the Beijing deputy mayor, Li Shixiang, signed the deal at City Hall yesterday. Last year, Chinese tourists accounted for more than 100,000 overnight stays in Greater Copenhagen. – TV2 News

No Danes for Riis in Tour

Team Saxobank-Tinkoff (TST) owner Bjarne Riis shocked the Danish cycling community yesterday when he unveiled a nine-man Tour de France squad completely bereft of Danes. Disappointed veterans Nicki Sørensen, Chris Anker Sørensen and Michael Mørkøv, who played major roles in last year's TST team, were chosen as reserves. –