Hefty criticism ahead of inaugural prime minister’s questions

When the prime minister mounts the rostrum in parliament today to field questions in the legislature’s first-ever direct debate between the head of government and the leaders of other political parties, it won’t be warmly welcomed by everyone in parliament.

In order to liven up debate, parliament will begin holding a fortnightly prime minister’s question session, in which party leaders can challenge Helle Thorning-Schimdt (Socialdemokraterne) on her position on any topic.

But a number of the new debate form’s rules, including barring parties representing Greenland and the Faroe Islands from taking part, and giving the largest opposition party leader twice as much questioning time, have been deemed undemocratic by some.

Holding the question session also meant cancelling the PM’s weekly press conference, which was attacked by some journalists. 


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