The Weekly Wrap – Sunday, December 15

It's that time of the week again, when we take a step back and give a second look to some of the stories that made up the past seven days both in our printed weekly newspaper and online. 

And what a week it was:

– Helle Thorning-Schmidt has probably never had a more up-and-down week in her career. Her selfie with Barack Obama and David Cameron led to some serious condemnation, but it also put her on the global scene like never before. Responding to all the fuss, she said the widely-discussed photo merely shows that political leaders are just like the rest of us.

– While 'selfiegate' was raging from South Africa, back home Thorning-Schmidt's administration was falling apart. First to fall was Morten Bødskov (S), who was forced to resign as justice minister after admitting he lied to parliament about his role in a cancelled trip to Christiania. Next to go was Villy Søvndal (SF), who left his post as foreign minister for health reasons. Oh yeah, and in the midst of these departures, Social Minister Annette Vilhelmsen (SF) was in hot water for her own lies

– With ministers hitting the road, that meant new ones needed to come in. Replacing Bødskov was Karen Hækkerup (S), who indicated she would be following her predecessor's line. Replacing Søvndal was Holger K Nielsen (SF), who was instantly cast into controversy after his comment that Cuba was a paradise. That quickly fizzled however, after Venstre MP Søren Pind realised the error of his ways.

– OK enough politics, let's talk dildos. Sex shop owners, cyclists, junkies and families are now all mixing together on a newly-revamped Istedgade. In our cover story this week, we took a look at a new chapter for Copenhagen's most iconic street.

– While Istedgade may be a bit seedy, the rest of Copenhagen is quickly turning into a city for the wealthy

– The past week was also a fairly busy one for Danish military forces. Denmark committed to helping to transport chemical weapons out of Syria and to assist the UN mission in Mali

– Some may have been missing the point of the Christmas spirit by attacking charity organisations that hand out holiday aid without distinguishing between religions.

– Speaking of Christmas, are you doing your shopping online this year? More and more of us are, and now we'll be hit with a slighter lower fee for doing so

– And finally, we'll end with some really BIG news for the city's children – and those young at heart. A 17-metre diplodocus skeleton will be coming to the Natural History Museum. 

Enjoy your Sunday. We'll be back at it tomorrow. Until then remember that you can also hear more from us – if you so wish – via Facebook and Twitter. And if you have a hard time getting your hands on a physical copy of the Post, why not sign up to have it delivered to your inbox? If you haven't read them yet, you can download this week's Copenhagen Post and InOut guide today. Heck, you even get The Weekly Wrap as an email each week.

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