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If you had a week like Viktor’s, you’d smile too 14 Huge SAS cuts aim to avoid permanent grounding 15 16 - 22 November 2012 | Vol 15 Issue 46 Oh, Christmas tree! National drama rages 10 Denmark’s only English-language newspaper | JUSTIN CREMER NEWS Pension funds invest in companies that produce drones which are “terrorising” civilian populations 6 NEWS PET hid terror suspect’s alibi Intelligence agency neglected to say that video surveillance showed that defendant never left his home 5 OPINION If not for her helmet, we might not have had another ‘Brick by Brick’ column from Stephanie Brickman 9 COMMUNITY Shaking a leg with Henrik The president of the Danish American Society on embracing diversity and dancing with Prince Henrik 9 771398 100009 Price: 25 DKK 13 ARE WE LOOKING THE WRONG WAY? 4 Budget deal kills fat tax and leaves allies unhappy KEVIN MCGWIN Far-left agrees to budget that scraps maligned levies and temporarily helps those facing benefit cuts, but negotiations leave them unsatisfied A FTER two months of negotiations with parties on both sides of the political aisle, the government over the weekend agreed on the details of the 2013 budget with its far-left ally, Enhedslisten (EL). The first details of the 690 billion kroner agreement between the Socialdemokraterne-led coalition and EL began to fall into place on Saturday with the elimination of levies on fat and sugar (see related stories on pages 5 and 15). Learn Danish! XX day and evening classes XX e-learning combined with classes XX focus on pronunciation Ballerup Sprogcenter +45 4477 2626 On Sunday, both sides shook hands on a budget that will reduce the 2013 deficit by half, to 36.5 billion kroner, after EL received a guarantee that jobless benefits set to be eliminated at the end of the year would be extended until July. Calling the deal a “temporary solution to a permanent problem”, EL leader Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen said her party had agreed to the budget, even though it considered it flawed. “We didn’t do this for the government’s sake,” Schmidt-Nielsen said, speaking during a press conference after refusing to appear with the government’s negotiators after the deal was signed. “We did this for the thousands of people who wouldn’t have had any money come January 1.” Schmidt-Nielsen admitted on Sun- day that the budget negotiations made it clear that her party had mistakenly thought the government stood further to the left than it actually did. Nevertheless, she underscored that the 2013 budget had set aside funds to areas EL had sought funding for, including a number of social welfare programmes, public transport and renewable energy. Political commentators said it was unprecedented for a party not to appear together with government representatives after shaking hands on a budget deal, but the finance minister, Bjarne Corydon (Socialdemokraterne), nevertheless underscored that the budget had been something all parties involved had agreed to. “The budget has been agreed upon, and Enhedslisten was a part of the productive negotiations that brought it about,” he said in a statement. Within EL, however, the decision to accept the budget has led to turmoil. EL executive committee member Bjarne Thyregod told Politiken newspaper that the budget agreement represented “a betrayal of our ideals” and called for the election of a new executive committee. Nine of the 25 members of EL’s executive committee voted against the budget. 2013 budget winner and losers Government says budget will “create jobs and prosperity for Denmark” page 5 First-in-the-world fat tax repealed page 5 Business leaders: fat tax was a failure page 15 CBS ExEcutivE MBA Enhance your leadership skills Join a life-changing and career-enhancing journey Info meeting in Copenhagen on 4 Dec To sign up, call +45 3815 6002 or visit

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