The new center-right bloc’s foreign minister Kristian Jensen has travelled to Germany to meet his counterpart and discuss the new border arrangements.
The new minority government in Copenhagen has acted immediately to appease an anti-immigration block in parliament and announced it will re-impose border controls on illegal immigration and smuggling, addressing an increasing Europe-wide issue.
Although the Eurosceptic, anti-mass-immigration Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkpartei, DF) has declined to join the government coalition because of irreconcilable differences with the now ruling centre-right Venstre party, they are supporting the government by voting for their bills on the condition they tighten up the borders. Denmark’s only land border is with Germany, a 40-mile frontier that is presently completely open because of the Schengen agreement of free movement between European nations.
“We will suggest something that is within the Schengen rules and there will be a dialogue with Brussels and the EU commission, but also with our neighbouring countries,” Kristian Jensen, told the news agency Ritzau.
Border security and limiting migration became a major election issue, and propelled DF into second place nationally as the largest right-wing party after the Copenhagen terror attacks in February this year. 22-year-old Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, who was killed by police, attacked a freedom of speech event and a synagogue with an assault rifle stolen from the Danish Home Guard. He has already been imprisoned for a stabbing attack in 2014, but was released in 2015 – just weeks before he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and committing his second atrocity.
Denmark is part of the 26-nation bloc belonging to the Schengen agreement, and once a migrant arrives on the continent they are free to move among the member countries, placing burden on smaller countries with more attractive welfare systems.
Tighter Immigrant Controls in Denmark, written by Admin