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Danish election promises fall flat in presidency programme


18 Jan 2012

GUE/NGL MEP Søren Søndergaard called on Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt to heed the call for a genuine solution to the crisis rather than more austerity.

"The current Danish government won the September elections on a promise to invest to overcome the crisis rather than engage in savage austerity; to exit the crisis by creating jobs, not destroying jobs. These questions are even more relevant throughout the EU as a whole as unemployment soars. 5 million are unemployed in Spain and youth unemployment stands at over 20% in 18 EU countries."

"The Danish presidency programme, however, reads like a Merkozy tract - no ​​investment, just cuts. Such a policy will lead to more unemployment and our group believes this is a disastrous policy."

Søndergaard concluded by telling Thorning Schmidt that we do not need more EU-dictated cuts, financial covenants or treaties to degrade public services and cut wages. "The peoples of Europe need work to improve our common welfare and the Danish Presidency has 6 months to show whether it is part of the solution or part of the problem."

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