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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
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Additional coronavirus restrictions to be lifted next week 

From next Wednesday it will be possible in Denmark to dine indoors at a restaurant with up to nine other people, provided you reserve a table and everyone has a valid corona passport.

That is because politicians late last night agreed on a deal to speed up Denmark’s schedule for lifting restrictions, in light of encouraging infection and hospitalisation data in the country.

The deal also further opens schools and will allow some spectators at football matches. We’ll have the details in an article on our website today.

Liberal party heading for obscurity, polls say

The Liberal (Venstre) party, currently the largest opposition party and the party of two of the last four prime ministers (Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Anders Fogh Rasmussen), is in danger of losing its status as Denmark’s senior conservative group in parliament, according to an Epinion poll conducted for broadcaster DR.

The poll found that the Liberals now have just 10.4 percent of the support of voters, a collapse compared to the 23.4 percent share it took at the 2019 general election.

That leaves them well short of the Conservative party, which has seen its support grow to 15.5 percent in the latest poll, up from 6.6 percent in 2019.

The Liberals have lost arguably their two biggest profiles this year, with Løkke Rasmussen breaking away to form his own centrist party and hardline former immigration minister Inger Støjberg handing in her membership in the fallout over her upcoming impeachment trial.  

Ministers to answer questions over Danish children in Syrian camps

The defence and foreign ministers, Trine Bramsen and Jeppe Kofod, will today answer questions from the other parties over the conditions in the Kurdish-controlled prison camps Al-Hol and Al-Roj in northeastern Syria, wear former Islamic State (Isis) militants and their familes are held. At least 19 children with Danish nationality or the right to Danish nationality are known to be in either of the camps.

The ministers are to answer questions on the threat posed to Denmark by the flight risk of extremists at the camp, and the risk children will be abducted and indoctrinated, broadcaster DR reports.

The government has been pressured by sections of the public and parliament to extract the children and their mothers from the camps, but the issue divides opinion.

You can read more about this here.

Three Iranians to go on trial on terror charges

Three leaders of an Iranian Arab separatist group will go on trial in Denmark on April 29th accused of financing and promoting terrorism in Iran with Saudi Arabia’s backing, Danish prosecutors said yesterday.

“Three leaders of the ASMLA (Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz) are accused of financing and promoting terrorism in Iran in cooperation with a Saudi intelligence service,” the Danish prosecution service said in a statement, reported by the AFP news wire.

The case is to be heard at Roskilde District Court and the Iranians risk 12 years in prison if found guilty.

READ ALSO: Denmark backs EU over Iran sanctions after murder plots

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement 

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