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Yearbook 2012

2012 DenmarkDenmark. At the New Year, Denmark took over the Presidency of the EU as the euro crisis dominated European cooperation.

According to countryaah, Denmark, which itself is outside the euro co-operation, sought, among other things, to revitalize EU climate policy. But the economic crisis hit hard on Denmark's own renewable energy investment. Vestas, the world's largest producer of wind turbines, notified several thousand employees during the year and saw its share price halved. However, the government's wind power plans were fixed with the goal of getting Denmark's half energy supply from wind power 2020.

2012 Denmark

The Social Democrat-led government's proposal for congestion charges in Copenhagen was delayed by disagreement in the coalition. Criticism from the public and from the bourgeois opposition was also harsh, and in February Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt declared that the idea was abandoned. Instead, a commitment to cheaper and better public transport was promised.

The controversial issue of car tariffs contributed to the government's decline in opinion. In a survey in March, the opposition party Venstre got 35.6%, which was more than the three coalition parties Socialdemokraterne (S), Radical Venstre and Socialist People's Party got together. Support for Thorning-Schmidt (S) continued to decline, reaching a record low of 16.8% in June.

But the opposition leader and former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and his party Venstre were put under pressure in the so-called tax deal. The question was about how secret information in a sensitive tax case concerning Thorning-Schmidt's husband leaked to the press before the previous election. In August, the government's tax commission launched an investigation into the deal, and among the over 40 witnesses called were Løkke Rasmussen and his former tax minister Troels Lund Poulsen. The latter was suspected of trying to influence the tax authorities' actions. The case was also reported to the police, and Lund Poulsen's former media advisor was prosecuted for having leaked the confidential information.

In September, Pia Kjaersgaard resigned as leader of the Danish People's Party after 17 years at the post. For her successor, the party chose Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Although Kjaersgaard has been controversial, especially with her immigration policy, at her departure she was also praised by opponents as a colorful and committed politician. The Socialist People's Party also changed its leader when Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal was succeeded by the party leader post by Annette Vilhelmsen after fierce factional battles in the party.

In October, the Labor Movement's Business Council raised an alarm that the proportion of poor people has increased almost explosively in certain severely exposed residential areas. With the OECD's definition, the proportion of poor residents in three exposed housing areas had increased from eight to four between 2002 and 2010. The government found reason to extend its so-called ghetto list of socially vulnerable housing areas from 28 to 33.

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