Morning Briefing – Monday, November 11

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

What’s good for the goose is good for the SocDems
The Socialdemokrat mayoral candidate in the city of Aalborg has received 170,000 kroner in donations from unnamed local business leaders. All of the donations made to Thomas Kastrup-Larsen’s campaign were funnelled through a ‘business club’ and were under the 20,000 kroner limit for donor anonymity. In three cases, members of the club, who have to pay 15,000 kroner in dues, exceeded the limit, but because they were paid through the club, Kastrup-Larsen said he had no intention of naming the donor or paying the money back. In its fundraising letter, the club indicated Kastrup-Larsen would attend the club’s annual general meeting, and that during the meeting his “expectations for the coming fiscal year would be open to discussion”. News of the Socialdemokrat funding club comes after the party had previously criticised its political opponents on the centre-right for doing the same. – Berlingske

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If it walks like a gangster  
Gang members seeking to leave the life of crime behind them should not need to have been registered by police as being on a gang’s membership list in order to qualify for the national exit strategy, recommend officials with Rigspolitiet, the national police force. The rule was established in 2011, but law enforcement officials are calling for it to be dropped as part of an anti-crime bill proposed last month and currently making its way through parliament. They said many of those who are affiliated with gangs and commit crimes on their behalf are not full-fledged members, and a result few individuals have been able to take advantage of law-enforcement programmes aimed at getting people out of gangs. – Politiken

SEE RELATED: Gang exit strategy failing, politicians say

Farvel, Denmark
One in five highly skilled foreigners living in Denmark is considering leaving the country, according a survey carried out by DEA, a think tank. Among those who aren’t considering leaving Denmark, said Martin Junge, DEA’s head of research, many do not feel like they have settled in here. “It’d be a shame if we lost such a big portion of our highly skilled foreigners because they weren’t happy here,” Junge said. “We know that they create a lot of value for companies and they contribute to the tax base.” The DEA study found that the decisive factor for foreigners when considering whether to stay in Denmark was career opportunity. Taxes, the study found, played little role. – Erhverv & Økonomi

SEE RELATED: Can’t buy me a good reputation (Morning Briefing – Tuesday, November 5)

Editorial Excerpt | Dangerous Mission
Support in parliament to send Danish soldiers and a naval vessel [to Syria where they will protect UN envoy Sigrid Kaag] underscores that Denmark is still prepared to contribute to international missions, and that, fortunately, the activist foreign policy followed by the previous government has not changed, even though the current government criticised it when it was in opposition. After taking office and entering into to the real world, the government has had to flip-flop more than once and revisit its long-held policies. Gone is the inflexible position that Denmark would only participate in international operations if they had a UN mandate. – Jyllands-Posten

SEE RELATED: Military to assist in chemical weapon mission in Syria

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