Morning Briefing – Tuesday, October 1

The Copenhagen Post’s daily round-up of the front pages and other major Danish news stories

Better sex-ed can cut abortion rate
Despite evidence that improved sexual education at schools can help reduce the abortion rate, educators say they have no plans to offer more formalised classes about how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The number of abortions has remained steady at about 16,000 per year in recent years since being legalised 40 years ago today, but public health authorities said a greater focus at the school level on unwanted pregnancy would go a long way toward reducing the number. Jakob Birkler, a member of Etisk Råd, parliament’s advisory board on ethical issues, said better access to contraception, as well as information about adoption and living with a handicapped child would also help reduce the abortion rate. – Kristeligt Dagblad

SEE RELATED: Danish 'abortion tourists' head to Sweden

No more stimulus
Making it easier for all companies to borrow money is better than passing industry-specific stimulus packages, according to the economy minister, Margrethe Vestager. Her statement came after calls by a number of industries to help along the fledgling recovery by targeting assistance to industries in most need of help. Vestager said, however, that it was impossible to fine tune aid so it helped at the desired level. She added that there was currently enough positive economic data to indicate that the recession was winding down and that further stimulus would not be necessary. – Erhverv & Økonomi

SEE RELATED: Economic stimulus – yes & Economic stimulus – no

Polish embassy fires back after allegations
Poland’s ambassador to Denmark says his country is doing precisely as the EU asked it to when it gives advice to Polish firms for how best to compete in Denmark. The embassy came under fire last month, after it was reported that its guidelines for Polish firms allegedly included a warning to avoid unions. Rafal Wisnewski said the translation of the guidelines was incorrect, but added that the embassy would change the wording so it was clearer. Wisnewski said the embassy would also continue to advise companies about how best to do business, and that that should contact an employer organisation before they spoke with unions. – Berlingske

SEE RELATED: Polish Embassy denies undermining unions

EU battles can shake up political landscape
As a new season of parliament opens today, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt should be ready to deal with a number of EU issues that could wind up reshaping the political landscape ahead of the next election. Some pro-EU parties have expressed their scepticism of the proposed EU patent court and a banking union, both of which would require a parliamentary supermajority or a referendum to pass. Neither is likely given the current situation, but that may change if Dansk Folkeparti, traditionally staunch eurosceptics, continues to take a more pragmatic tack towards EU issues. The right-wing opposition party’s warming attitude toward the EU could make it possible for it to partner with fellow opposition party Venstre to form a government after the next election. –  Mandag Morgen

SEE RELATED: Analysis | Anti-EU parties call for referendums to brake integration

Database delayed is justice denied
The courts are putting people’s legal rights in jeopardy by failing in their efforts to create a database of court decisions that can be used by lawyers preparing for legal proceedings, legal experts say. Creating the system, according to Michael Gøtze, of the University of Copenhagen, would make it easier for small law firms to find precedent-setting cases, while at the same time providing a central location for all legal decisions, something that doesn’t exist today. The online database should have been available in 2009, but according to Domstolsstyrelsen, which manages the court system, other computer projects have come up in the meantime that have delayed its launch. Financing, according to Merethe Eckhardt, the organisation’s head of technology, has also been hard to come by. – Politiken

SEE RELATED: Price of judges' new robes is offensive, some MPs say

Gambling investigation violated data secrecy rules
The national gaming and lottery authority is being accused of violating data protection regulations after it last year turned over the names of two people involved in illegal betting. The two were allegedly involved in a case of match fixing and had their names passed on to DBU, Danish football’s governing body, even though both organisations knew it was not permitted because they had placed their bets online. – Jyllands-Posten

SEE RELATED: New health law threatens data protection

Editorial Excerpt | October ‘43
Denmark has good reason to be proud [of its efforts aid the flight of the country’s Jews to Sweden 70 years ago today]. Even though the fishermen who sailed the families across have been criticised for the amount of money some charged, and even though there were a few rotten apples among the Danes who snitched to the occupying forces, it is still unique that the Danes, by and large, were able to protect a threatened group living among them. Outside Denmark, this popular effort has attracted enormous attention. It’s not hard to understand why: we all want more solidarity and to create a society that encourages the individual to act in the interest of the common good. – Politiken 

SEE RELATED: A crack of light in the darkness that led thousands across the Sound

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  • Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    A fire broke out at a Novo Nordisk site in Bagsværd on Wednesday morning. There have been no casualties, but the fire is “extensive and spreading”, and Novo’s administrative building “cannot be saved” say emergency services.

  • Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Publisher Jesper Skeel and Korean BBQ restaurant chain owner Zen discuss the ups and downs of independent entrepreneurship and how to crack the Copenhagen market, from both an international and Danish perspective.

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    As popular protests of the Israeli offensive in Gaza erupt around the world and in the media, from university campuses to the streets of major cities, discord is escalating between demonstrators, the general public, authorities and politicians.

  • Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Just one day after the EU finally landed its New Pact on Migration and Asylum following four years of tough negotiations, a group of 15 member states, led by Denmark, issued a joint call for greater efforts to outsource migration policy and  prevent migrants from arriving at EU borders in the first place.

  • How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    Many of us Danes, despite being well-educated and well-travelled, often lack experience in navigating cultural differences at work. This can lead to ‘cultural bypassing’, where we believe we are at a level of enlightenment where we no longer are burdened by the risk of making cross-cultural mistakes. As their manager, you can help your Danish colleagues by acknowledging cultural differences in the workplace.

  • Denmark’s Climate Minister wants to expand green agriculture bill

    Denmark’s Climate Minister wants to expand green agriculture bill

    Legislation to cut the sector’s emissions could “kill two birds with one stone” if it also combats fertiliser run-off in Denmark’s marine environment, says Climate Minister Lars Aagard, marking a potential shift in the green negotiations.