Morning Briefing – Wednesday, July 31

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

Germany in fashion with designers

Danish clothing firms are increasingly eyeing Germany as their new growth market. A number of firms, including Hummel and Bestseller, report sharply increased sales south of the border and have plans to increase their presence there. The trend comes as Danish companies shift their focus to the near-abroad and away from emerging economies and southern Europe, according to a Deloitte report published ahead of next week’s Copenhagen Fashion Week. – Børsen


Incomprehensible immigration rules

A steady stream of changes to immigration rules over the past decade has resulted in regulations that are too difficult for even professionals to understand. The complex rules could violate the rights of potential immigrants. Jens Vedsted-Hanse of Aarhus University said that while immigration regulations live up to the letter of international guidelines, in practice they likely violate them. The 30-year-old Immigration Act was changed 64 times between 2002 and 2012. – Politiken


Shippers face rough financial seas

Danish-based cargo-shipping lines say a return to growth is still a few years off, and that the wait may sink some of them. Last year alone, five of the country’s six largest shippers lost a combined total of more than nine million kroner. One firm, Torm, was taken over by banks last year, while another, J. Lauritzen, is seeking a capital injection to avoid a takeover. – Berlingske 


Calls for cyber strategy

Public authorities and major firms need to develop a plan for how to react to malicious cyber attacks, IT-Branchen, a computer industry interest group, urges. Failure to do so, the group says, could result in the breakdown of key social services. Several high-profile hacks have occurred this year, and an IT-Branchen spokesperson said not having a strategy was akin to hospitals not having backup generators. – Jyllands-Posten


Police: Stopping drug trade impossible

Copenhagen Police said that the market for illegal drugs is so strong that no matter how many pushers and dealers they arrest, more will take their places in a matter of minutes. “As long as there are buyers, there will also be sellers,” Jørgen Skov, a police spokesperson, told TV2  News. Skov said that the drug problem needed to be addressed from the health angle as well as the enforcement side because drugs can lead to psychosis and there is a risk that so-called ‘softer’ drugs like marijuana can lead to harder drugs. He said that whenever cops close down one drug market, another pops up nearby. – TV2 News