On Creating Division

Danish Prime Minister Metter Frederiksen holds a position on abortion that’s opposed by many Danes. “Some say that the question of abortion is necessarily nuanced,” she wrote in 2021 Facebook post. ” I don’t agree. Either we are for. Or we’re against. There is no middle road.” She is proudly and openly for. Is it…

Strange Tango

An editorial in today’s Berlingske, signed by Pierre Collignon, is unusually sensible. Entitled “The west hasn’t lost yet. Let’s wait a little before selling out,” the editorial takes exception to the “realists” and “pragmatists” suggesting that the western powers—the US, the EU, NATO—should promise Russia that Ukraine will never be granted membership in the EU…

Preparing for the Worst

I’m a citizen of a European country, I’ve lived in Europe for the past 19 years, my two teenaged daughters have lived their entire lives in Europe, and three of my four grandparents were American-born children of European parents. But I don’t feel European. I don’t imagine anyone does, because I don’t imagine anyone can….

Disenchanted

Joe Biden addressed the UN General Assembly yesterday and Danish reactions were mixed. Over at Berlingske, Mikkel Danielsen seems almost ready to call bullshit on the American president, but obviously can’t, so he does the next best thing: he compares him to Trump. He cites EU President Charles Michel: With Trump it was at least…

Fidelity

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will be traveling with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to Israel on Thursday, for a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Frederiksen’s own office, the purpose of the trip is for her and Kurz to speak with Netanyahu about the potential for “closer cooperation on COVID-19 and vaccines.” You can read more…