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Encyclopedia > Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Incumbent
Assumed office 
27 November 2001
Monarch Margrethe II
Deputy Bendt Bendtsen
Preceded by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

Born 26 January 1953 (1953-01-26) (age 54)
Ginnerup, Denmark
Political party VDLP
Spouse Anne-Mette Rasmussen
Religion Lutheran/Church of Denmark

Anders Fogh Rasmussen [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs fo ˈʀɑsmusn̩], also: [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfoːˀ, ⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfɔʊ̯ˀ] (born January 26, 1953) is the current Prime Minister of Denmark (in Danish Statsminister, meaning Minister of State). He is the leader of the Liberal (Venstre) Party. He leads a centre-right coalition of his Liberal Party and the Conservative People's Party which took office in 2001, and won its second and third terms in February 2005 and in November 2007. His government has made a major reform of the structure of government in Denmark, including tough measures designed to limit the number of immigrants coming to Denmark, and freezing the rates of existing taxes, which is 68% at maximum. Taxes have been lowered but the Conservatives repeatedly argue for more tax cuts and a flat tax rate at no higher than 50%. He implemented an administrative reform reducing the number of municipalities (kommuner) and replacing the thirteen counties (amter) with five regions. Rasmussen has referred to this as "the biggest reform in thirty years". Furthermore, a reform of the police and judiciary systems is being implemented, changing the numbers of police districts and city courts from 54 to 12 and 82 to 22, respectively. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 393 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1705 × 2598 pixel, file size: 879 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... This is a list over the heads of government in Denmark, from the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in 1849 until present. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Margrethe II (Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid) (born 16 April 1940) is the Queen regnant of Denmark. ... Bendt Bendtsen Bendt Bendtsen (born March 25, 1954) has been the leader of the Danish Conservative Peoples Party since August 5, 1999. ... Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (born June 15, 1943) was the Prime Minister of Denmark from January 25, 1993 to November 27, 2001. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Ginnerup, is a small town in the northeastern part of Jutland in northern Denmark. ... Venstre[1] (IPA: , in Danish literally: Left), full name: Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti (Venstre, Liberal Party of Denmark) is the largest political party in Denmark, founded with a basis on free market Liberalism, now a right-of-centre party. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... Church in Holte The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (the church of Denmark or the peoples church of Denmark) (Danish:Den Danske Folkekirke) is a state church and is the largest Christian church in Denmark. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... This is a list over the heads of government in Denmark, from the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in 1849 until present. ... Minister of State is a title borne by officials in certain countries governed under the parliamentary system. ... Venstre[1] (IPA: , in Danish literally: Left), full name: Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti (Venstre, Liberal Party of Denmark) is the largest political party in Denmark, founded with a basis on free market Liberalism, now a right-of-centre party. ... The Conservative Peoples Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti), also known as Conservatives (Konservative) is a Danish political party. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... The Conservative Peoples Party is a name used by several political parties, including Austria - Conservative Peoples Party Denmark - Conservative Peoples Party Germany - Conservative Peoples Party, a short-lived party of the late 1920s and early 1930s. ... Denmark is divided into 13 counties (amter), and 271 municipalities (kommuner): Copenhagen County comprise the municipalities in metropolitan Copenhagen, except Copenhagen Municipality and Frederiksberg Municipality. ... Administrative division of Denmark. ...

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Life

Rasmussen was born in 1953 in Ginnerup, Jutland. A graduate of the University of Aarhus, he has been active in politics most of his life. He has authored several books about taxation and government structure. He and his wife Anne-Mette have three children. Ginnerup, is a small town in the northeastern part of Jutland in northern Denmark. ... Jutland Peninsula Jutland (Danish: Jylland; German: Jütland; Frisian Jutlân; Low German Jötlann) is the western, continental part of Denmark as well as one of the three historical Lands of Denmark, dividing the North Sea from the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. ... Aarhus Universitet or the University of Aarhus is a university based in Århus, Denmark. ...


He has held numerous positions in government and opposition throughout his career, first winning a seat in the Folketing (Danish parliament) in 1978. From 1987-1990 he was Minister for Taxation and from 1990 Minister for Economy and Taxation in the Conservative-led Poul Schlüter government. In 1992 Rasmussen resigned from his ministerial posts after a court of inquiry had decided that he had deliberately provided the Folketing with inaccurate and incomplete information. Rasmussen disagreed with the findings of the commission, but faced with the threat of a non-confidence motion, he decided to leave his posts voluntarily. Poul Schlüter is a Danish politician, born in Tønder, in southern Jutland, Denmark in 1929. ...


Rasmussen held the rotating presidency of the European Union from July to December 2002 during which period he proved his dedication to a pro-EU agenda and the guiding principles of the Ellemann-Jensen doctrine. He even pursued it to its logical conclusion by publicly denouncing the Danish collaboration policy during its second World War occupation, being the first Danish prime minister ever to do this. While his predecessors may not have been in favour of it, they had all implicitly maintained that it was 'a good thing',[citation needed] because it had saved Danish lives. Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, founder of the Ellemann-Jensen doctrine The Ellemann-Jensen doctrine is a Danish idea specifically aimed at promoting small countries ability to gain influence in the world order. ... Headquarters of the Schalburgkorps, a Danish SS unit, after 1943. ...


During the EU presidency he was involved in a curious episode with then Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. In a joint press conference on 4 October 2002 Silvio Berlusconi said: "Rasmussen is the most handsome prime minister in Europe. I think I will introduce him to my wife because he is even more handsome than Cacciari". Massimo Cacciari is an Italian philosopher and centrist politician opposing Berlusconi, and some gossip tabloids had alleged an affair between him and Berlusconi's second wife Veronica Lario. [1] Rasmussen was puzzled by this remark and Berlusconi quickly told him he'd explain later.   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Massimo Cacciari (June 5, 1944) is an Italian philosopher and politician, currently mayor of Venice. ... Veronica Lario is the wife of Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. ...


Political career

Early political career

Rasmussen became a member of the Danish parliament (Folketing) in 1978. From 1987 to 1990 he was Minister for Taxation and from 1990 Minister for Economy and Taxation in the Conservative-led Poul Schlüter government. The Folketing [], or Folketinget, is the national parliament of Denmark. ... Poul Schlüter is a Danish politician, born in Tønder, in southern Jutland, Denmark in 1929. ...


Resignation as minister of taxation

In 1992 Rasmussen resigned from his ministerial posts after a report from a commission of inquiry had decided that he had provided the Folketing with inaccurate and incomplete information regarding his decision to postpone payment of several bills from Regnecentralen and Kommunedata from one accounting year to the next. Rasmussen disagreed with the findings of the commission, but faced with the threat of a non-confidence motion, he decided to leave his posts voluntarily. A motion of no confidence, also called a motion of non-confidence, a censure motion, a no-confidence motion, or simply a confidence motion, is a parliamentary motion traditionally put before a parliament by the opposition in the hope of defeating or embarrassing a government. ...


2001 Election

His Liberal (Venstre) Party won power in the November 2001 election, defeating the Social Democratic government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and enabling him to form the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I. That election marked a dramatic change in Danish politics. It was the first time since 1920 that the Social Democratic Party lost its position as the largest party in the Folketing (parliament), mainly due to a loss of working class votes to Dansk Folkeparti (The Danish People's Party). Since then, Venstre has governed in a parliamentary coalition with the Conservative People's Party to form a minority government with the parliamentary support of Dansk Folkeparti. Together these three parties survived both the 2005 election and the 2007 election. Venstre[1] (IPA: , in Danish literally: Left), full name: Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti (Venstre, Liberal Party of Denmark) is the largest political party in Denmark, founded with a basis on free market Liberalism, now a right-of-centre party. ... The Danish Parliamentary Election of 2001 held on November 20, 2001 saw a dramatic change in the political composition of the Danish parliament or Folketing. ... Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. ... Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (born June 15, 1943) was the Prime Minister of Denmark from January 25, 1993 to November 27, 2001. ... After the 2001 Danish parliamentary election, Anders Fogh Rasmussen was able form a government coalition of his own Liberal Party and the Conservative Peoples Party, with the parliamentary support of the Danish Peoples Party. ... This article is about the political process. ... The Folketing [], or Folketinget, is the national parliament of Denmark. ... The Danish Peoples Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti) is a right-wing political party in Denmark. ... The Conservative Peoples Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti), also known as Conservatives (Konservative) is a Danish political party. ... For minority governments in general, see dominant minority. ... Legislative elections were held in Denmark on February 8, 2005. ... Wikinews has related news: Danish Prime Minister calls an election for 2007 The 66th Folketing election in Denmark will be held on November 13, 2007. ...


Political ideology

In general, Rasmussen is in favour of deregulation, privatization, and limiting the size of government. His government has also enacted tough measures designed to limit the number of immigrants coming to Denmark, specifically as asylumseekers or through arranged marriages. Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions on business and individuals in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ...


Rasmussen wrote the book Fra socialstat til minimalstat (literally: From social state to minimal state) in 1993, in which he advocated an extensive reform of the Danish welfare system along classic liberal lines. In particular, he favors lower taxes and less government interference in corporate and individual matters etc. In 1993 he was awarded the Adam Smith award by the libertarian society Libertas, partly due to his having written Fra socialstat til minimalstat. However, after becoming Prime Minister, Rasmussen has distanced himself from his earlier writings and has announced the death of liberalism during the national elections of 2005. Commonly regarded as being inspired by the previous success of Tony Blair, Rasmussen now seems more in favour of the theories of Anthony Giddens and his third way. There was talk in Libertas of revoking Fogh Rasmussen's award as a result of this, though this never happened. A social welfare provision refers to any government program which seeks to provide a minimum level of income, service or other support for disadvantaged groups such as the poor, elderly, disabled and students. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... “Taxes” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Corporation (disambiguation). ... See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... Image needed Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens (born January 18, 1938) is a British sociologist who is renowned for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. ... Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, adherents of the Third Way The Third Way, or Radical center, is a centrist political philosophy of governance that embraces a mix of market and interventionist philosophies. ...


War in Iraq

Under Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark has supported American foreign policies.
Under Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark has supported American foreign policies.

As Prime Minister, Rasmussen strongly supported the 2003 Iraq War. As in most European countries he faced considerable opposition, both in the parliament and in the general population. Subsequent opinion polls suggested the Danish population's opinion was split on the issue. One vocal protester managed to get into the Danish parliament during the period before the war, where he poured red paint on the prime minister while yelling "Du har blod på dine hænder" (literally: "You have blood on your hands"). In the months after the initial phase of the war, Danish troops participated in the multi-national force stationed in Iraq. Approximately 550 Danish troops were stationed in Iraq from 2004 and into 2007, first at "Camp Dannevang" and later at "Camp Einherjer", both near Basra. When the contingent of troops left around August 2007, it was not replaced and Denmark has shifted its focus to non-military support around Baghdad. The official reason being provided is that the Iraqi government should now be able to handle the security in the Basra area. Critics of Fogh Rasmussen argue that the withdrawal was motivated by a decreasing domestic support for the war. ImageMetadata File history File links 20050706-3_w9w6544-515h. ... ImageMetadata File history File links 20050706-3_w9w6544-515h. ... This article is about the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... The post-invasion period in Iraq followed the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition led by the United States, which overthrew the Baath Party government of Saddam Hussein. ... Official insignia of Dancon/Irak since August 2003 Dancon/Irak, also called Dancon/Iraq, short for Danish Contingent / Irak is the hierarchically top formation, to which all Danish military forces currently in Iraq belong. ... This article is about the city of Basra. ...


In 2004 Rasmussen's government came under attack based on questions of how much intelligence it had with regard to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The government held hearings, and was forced to publish classified reports it had consulted about the likelihood of banned weapons existing in Iraq. While the Blair and Bush administrations have been the subject of criticism for extended periods because of their reliance on questionable intelligence, Rasmussen has managed to stay clear of this potential government crisis. This is probably largely due to the fact that the motion passed by parliament (Folketinget) authorising the deployment of Danish troops states as the reason for the deployment Iraq's continued refusal to cooperate with UN inspectors in violation of the UN Security Council's resolution. The Danish deployment of troops was thus not formally based on a claim that Iraq had WMD's. For the Xzibit album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). ...


In a comment to the media Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated as one of the reasons to support a military intervention, “Irak har masseødelæggelsesvåben. Det er ikke noget vi tror. Vi ved det. Irak har selv indrømmet, at det har haft sennepsgas, nervegas, miltbrand, men Saddam vil ikke afregne. Han vil ikke fortælle os, hvor og hvordan de våben er blevet destrueret. Det ved vi fra FN's inspektører, så der er ingen tvivl i mit sind.” “Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think, it is something we know. Iraq has itself admitted that it has had mustard gas, nerve gas, anthrax, but Saddam won't disclose. He won't tell us where and how these weapons have been destroyed. We know this from the UN inspectors, so there is no doubt in my mind.”


The Danish Defence Intelligence Service (FE) had produced a classified report stating that it had no absolute proof of WMDs in Iraq. Rasmussen had access to this report and used it in other parts of his decision making. Since the presence of WMDs in Iraq has now been refuted, Rasmussen has focused almost exclusively on the tyrannical nature of Saddam Hussein's regime.[citation needed] Danish Defence Intelligence Service (DDIS) is Denmark’s foreign intelligence service. ...


A former FE analyst, Major Frank Grevil, was sentenced to four months in prison for leaking the information to the press. Grevil argues that Rasmussen has either lied about or misunderstood the content of the secret reports in his presentations to the parliament.


During Rasmussen's administrations, Denmark has also deployed troops to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. All three missions have only met minor political opposition. This article is about the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ...


Gay marriage

Civil unions between gay couples have been legal in Denmark since 1989. Rasmussen believes that they should be able to be married in religious ceremonies, which is not currently allowed in The Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Denmark, but he has said it should be up to religious communities to decide whether to perform ceremonies for gay couples. Anders Fogh Rasmussen caused controversy in his support for gay marriage, and he made it clear his support was 'personal' rather than based on his role as prime minister. As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


Tax reform

Since the elections in 2001, Venstre, Rasmussen's party, has enacted a total "tax stop". Venstre made a successful campaign convincing the public that the taxes have been growing constantly during the previous eight years under the Social Democrats. While the overall tax burden was more or less unchanged from 1993 until 2001, however, there was a shift in the taxation of income, both corporate and personal over to a higher level on personal consumption (especially through the "ecological taxes" (da. grønne afgifter), which gave the average citizen the impression of rising taxes. The Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne), is a Danish political party. ...


This tax stop has been under heavy fire from the parties on the left wing of Danish politics, allegedly for being "antisocial" and "only for the rich". Since the tax stop also freezes the tax of real property (da. ejendomsværdiskat, 1%), it is beneficial to the homeowners in the densely populated regions that have experienced an extraordinary increase in the prices of real estate. The tax of real estate is actually limited at a nominal level - not at a relative level. I.e., while the rate was one percent when the tax stop was enacted, the actual tax is much less today when the last few years' large increase in property value (+20%/p.a. in large cities) is taken into account. The Danish Economic Council has criticized this as unfairly benefiting current homeowners.


Even though the total tax burden is marginally higher in 2005 than it was in 2001, the tax stop is very popular among the voters. Thus, in January 2005, the Social Democrats announced that it accepts the principle of a tax stop until at least one right-wing party is willing to participate in a tax reform. The Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne), is a Danish political party. ...


The tax stop has, however, been ineffective, judging by Venstre's own intentions. The goal of the tax stop was to halt the growth of public expenditures (and halt the growth of taxes), but even with their cuts in public spending (which has been considered aggressive by the political left wing), public spending has continued to rise by approximately one percentage point above inflation each year.


From 2004 and onwards, minor tax cuts came into effect, on two accounts:

  1. People with jobs get a 3% tax reduction on the 5.5% "bottom tax" (da. bundskat). This initiative is supposed to encourage people to get off welfare and take jobs instead.
  2. The bottom limit of the "middle tax" (da. mellemskat) of 6%, is raised by 12.000 DKK every year, over the next four years. This will limit the income stresses of middle incomes and families with children.

Venstre has so far refrained from making statements on the future of the "top tax" (da: topskat) of 15%, and the VAT (da: moms) of 25%. ISO 4217 Code DKK User(s) Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands 1 Inflation 1. ... vat can be a type of barrel used for storage. ...


Municipal reform

One of the main initiatives of Rasmussen's government was the introduction of a municipal reform, which resulted in a series of small municipalities being placed under state administration for overspending and a much talked about case (in Denmark) about a municipal mayor who managed to spend lavish amounts of tax money on personal wining and dining. Under the proposal the number of counties (amter) would be reduced from thirteen to five regions (regioner). Also the number of municipalities was reduced from 271 to 98. The responsibilities of municipalities and counties changed significantly too, especially with regard to providing health care.


2005 election

On January 18, 2005 Rasmussen called an election for February 8, 2005. He delayed the call by a couple of weeks because of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake which killed several Danes. His government had been criticized by a few Danes for what they thought was a slow response to that crisis, although a clear majority applauded the government's way of dealing with the disaster. is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Legislative elections were held in Denmark on February 8, 2005. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake,[1] was a great undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time) December 26, 2004 with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. ...


Although his party's support was reduced from the 2001 election, resulting in the loss of four seats, Venstre was able to maintain its coalition after the election through gains by other parties, and on February 18 Rasmussen formed the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II. is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen retained his parliamentary support in the 2005 Danish parliamentary election, and was able to continue as head of his government. ...


Rasmussen received the most "personal votes" ever of any politician in the Folketing (Denmark's Parliament) with 61,792. The House of Representatives Chamber of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra. ...


2007 election

At 11.30 pm on November 13, 2007, the day of the election, Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed victory on the basis of almost complete results.[1] By the morning of November 14, 2007, after results came through from the Faroe Islands and Greenland, Fogh Rasmussen's centre-right coalition of the Liberals, the Conservative People's Party and the Danish People's Party had obtained the 90 seats required for him to continue as Prime Minister. He thus becomes the longest-ruling Liberal Prime Minister of Denmark.[2] is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Wikinews has related news: Danish Prime Minister calls an election for 2007 The 66th Folketing election in Denmark will be held on November 13, 2007. ... is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Venstre[1] (IPA: , in Danish literally: Left), full name: Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti (Venstre, Liberal Party of Denmark) is the largest political party in Denmark, founded with a basis on free market Liberalism, now a right-of-centre party. ... The Conservative Peoples Party (Danish: Det Konservative Folkeparti), also known as Conservatives (Konservative) is a Danish political party. ... The Danish Peoples Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti) is a social conservative, nationalist, far right political party in Denmark. ...


Muhammad Cartoons and Danish goods boycott

Main article: Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy

A major period of conflict in Rasmussen's political career concerned a set of cartoons printed in Jyllands-Posten, a major Danish newspaper. In September 2005 the newspaper printed a full page with 12 cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, including one in which Muhammad appeared with a bomb in his turban. Many Muslims found the cartoons offensive. The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after twelve editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. ...   (English: The Morning Newspaper The Jutland Post), commonly shortened to Jyllands-Posten or JP, is a Danish daily broadsheet newspaper. ... Muhammad in a new genre of Islamic calligraphy started in the 17th century by Hafiz Osman. ... There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ...

  • Eleven envoys of predominantly Muslim states issued demands that the Danish government condemn the cartoons and requested on October 19, 2005 a meeting with Rasmussen to discuss this. Rasmussen refused this request, saying, "That is not how our democracy works." Subsequently, it has been the subject of an intense debate as to whether Rasmussen made a sound, principled decision or displayed misplaced arrogance when refusing to agree to such a meeting.
  • As the dispute escalated, Rasmussen was asked to apologise to Muslims on behalf of Denmark. Rasmussen refused this request, saying the government "cannot make apologies on behalf of a Danish newspaper."
  • Several months later, a group of Danish-based Muslims organised a trip to various places in the Middle East, spreading information about the cartoons and campaigning for political action against Denmark. This trip was later widely criticised, especially whan it became apparent that untrue allegations and fabricated photographs were shown to stir up hostilities towards Denmark.
  • The increased media awareness in the Islamic world and domestic political agendas in the regimes across the Middle East fed the controversy. Libya and Saudi Arabia recalled their ambassadors to Denmark, and a campaign was organised in several Islamic countries to boycott Danish products. Danish embassies in Syria and Lebanon were attacked during mass demonstrations and torched with molotov cocktails and ransacked. Death threats were made against the Danish cartoonists and the Danish flag was burned.
  • Across the world demonstrations were held to protest the cartoons. Several people were killed in chaotic demonstrations in Kabul and Islamabad. In London, a protest demonstration with offensive and threatening placards and banners and speeches later led to year-long prison sentences for four British Muslims for inciting terrorism, spreading hate-filled threats and racist language.[3]
  • Rasmussen appeared on the Arabic television network Al-Arabiya and explained that he regretted the offense caused by the cartoons, but that Danish law gave the government no power of censorship over the media. He has stated on numerous occasions[citation needed] that he supports freedom of speech, but he did not approve of the message in these cartoons. He indicated his disapproval after initially stating that he did not want to comment on the cartoons themselves.

Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Molotov cocktail is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. ... For other places with the same name, see Kabul (disambiguation). ... For other places called Islamabad, see Islamabad (disambiguation). ... Marchers in London on the way to Danish Embassy On Friday 3 February 2006, in response to the publication of editorial cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005, the extremist UK-based takfiri [citations needed] Islamist groups al Ghurabaa and The... Al-Arabiya is an Arabic-language satellite news channel based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which began broadcasting in February 2003, launched with an investment of $300 million from the Saudi-owned MBC, the Lebanese Hariri Group, and others. ... This article is about the general concept. ...

Bibliography

  • Opgør med skattesystemet - der straffer de aktive og belønner de passive, Liberal, 1979; ISBN 87-7519-045-1
  • Fra socialstat til minimalstat : en liberal strategi, Samleren, 1993; ISBN 87-568-1204-3

See also

After the 2001 Danish parliamentary election, Anders Fogh Rasmussen was able form a government coalition of his own Liberal Party and the Conservative Peoples Party, with the parliamentary support of the Danish Peoples Party. ... Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen retained his parliamentary support in the 2005 Danish parliamentary election, and was able to continue as head of his government. ... The third Cabinet of Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was announced on November 23, 2007. ... This is a List of national leaders, showing heads of state and heads of government where different, mainly in parliamentary systems; it should be noted that often a leader is both in presidential systems or dictatorships. ... This is a list over the heads of government in Denmark, from the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in 1849 until present. ... The Folketing in session. ...

References

  1. ^ Danish Premier Declares Victory from Associated Press, 13 November 2007.
  2. ^ Denmark re-elects Anders Fogh Rasmussen from EUobserver.com, 14 November 2007.
  3. ^ Casciani, Dominic. "The angry young men jailed over protest", BBC News, BBC, 2007-07-19. Retrieved on 2007-09-29. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Isi Foighel
Tax Minister of Denmark
September 10, 1987November 19, 1992
Succeeded by
Peter Brixtofte
Preceded by
Niels Helveg Petersen
Minister of Economic Affairs of Denmark
December 18, 1990November 19, 1992
Succeeded by
Thor Pedersen
Preceded by
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Prime Minister of Denmark
November 27, 2001
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Leader of Venstre
1998 —
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME Rasmussen, Anders Fogh
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Prime Minister of Denmark
DATE OF BIRTH 1953-1-26
PLACE OF BIRTH Ginnerup, Jutland
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs fo ˈʀɑsmusn̩], also: [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfoːˀ, ⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfɔʊ̯ˀ] (born January 26, 1953) is the current Prime Minister of Denmark.
Rasmussen's government's agenda is significantly more right wing than has been the case in Denmark for a long time and thus continues the break with the consensus policy of gathering a broad majority for policies that began under Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.
Rasmussen believes that they should be able to be married in religious ceremonies, which is not currently allowed in The Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Denmark, but has said it should be up to religious communities to decide whether to perform ceremonies for gay couples.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2218 words)
Anders Fogh Rasmussen [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs fo ˈʀɑsmusn̩], also: [⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfoːˀ, ⁽ˈ⁾ɑnɐs ˈfɔʊ̯ˀ] (born January 26, 1953) is the current Prime Minister of Denmark (in Danish Statsminister, meaning State Minister).
Rasmussen was born in 1953 in Ginnerup, Jutland and has been active in politics most of his life.
Rasmussen disagreed with the findings of the commission, but faced with the threat of a no-confidence motion, he decided to leave his posts voluntarily.
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