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Change of script

The Danish legislature’s annual debate about Greenland may turn political
Alas, we thought we knew them well (Photo: Sermitisaq)

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A month ago, when Lars Løkke Rasmussen (pictured), the Danish PM, released the annual report detailing the state of affairs in the Kingdom of Denmark, economics and making sure Greenland and the Faroe Islands were on solid financial footing were of most concern.

Typically, that would mean that when the Folketing, the Danish national assembly, discusses the report on Tuesday, May 23, it would mean heated debate about the two countries’ prospects for financial independence from Denmark, and whether their respective governments are paying too much attention to their political future, at the expense of their economic present.

Not so this year. Revelations last week that Greenland’s former foreign minister had asked the UN to investigate Denmark for human-rights violations caught lawmakers in both countries off will be too big to avoid, not least after Nuuk reacted by withdrawing the complaint, telling the UN that it was unfounded and innaccurate. 

Tuesday will be Copenhagen’s turn to discuss whether the complaint was justified. Shocked lawmakers will want to know whether the state of the kingdom really is as a rotten as it is being made out to be.