Danish Prime Minister, separated from Trump by Greenland

Met Fraser Rickson was born in 1977 and graduated from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. At the age of 24, he was elected as a member of the Ministry of Employment and the Minister of Justice. At the age of 38, he became the head of the Social Democratic Party and in 2019 he was the Prime Minister of Denmark.

In just five days, Danish Prime Minister Met Fraser Rickson fully learned what “speaking is not good.”

On August 18th, US President Trump proposed to buy the Danish autonomous territory of Greenland and said it was “a large real estate transaction.” Fraser Rickson responded that the US idea was “ridiculous” and called Greenland “not for sale”. Trump immediately changed his face, not only canceled the original trip to Denmark, but also said that Fraser Riksen was “disgusting.” On August 22nd, Trump said that he had already called Fraser Rickson by phone, saying that she was a “great woman” and that “the relationship with Denmark is very good.”

So arrogant, Fraser Rickson faced such an international colleague, probably only with a smile, “hehe” in his heart.

“The blood of workers is flowing in the blood vessels.”
Fraser Rickson is a fourth-generation Social Democratic Party (hereinafter referred to as the Social Democratic Party) who claims to be “the blood of workers flowing in blood vessels.” Her father, Fleming, is a print worker, an active member of the Social Democratic Party, and a mother is a teacher. Fleming said that her daughter was very interested in politics when she was six or seven years old. “I never doubt that as long as she is willing, she can go all the way in politics.” During her teenage years, she donated the South African African National Congress to support the anti-apartheid policy. At the age of 15, she became a member of the Social Democratic Youth League. In 2000, she graduated from Aalborg University with a degree in administration and social sciences, and then joined the Danish Trade Union Confederation as a youth consultant.

In 2001, she was elected as a member of Parliament in Copenhagen County and embarked on a political path. She was appointed as a spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party’s Culture, Media and Gender Equality. The following year, an independent institution awarded her the Nina Bon Award to reward her political courage and enthusiasm. Nina Bon is the political party of the Social Democratic Party and the first female education minister in Denmark. In 2004, Fraser Riksen became a spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party’s social affairs and was appointed as the vice chairman of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group.

In the 2007 general election, the Social Democratic Party lost two seats, but Fraser Rickson was ranked second in the “Top Ten Danish Political Figures” with a high vote rate, and its popularity rose rapidly. In the 2011 general election, the Social Democratic Party won, and Schmidt became the first female prime minister in Denmark. Schmidt valued Fraser Rixon, appointed her as Minister of Employment in 2011, and appointed her as Minister of Justice in 2014. In the meantime, her early retirement, flexible work system and employment system reform were very popular.

Fraser Rickson married Hal in 2003 and gave birth to a son and a daughter. In 2014, the two broke up. Now her boyfriend is a cinematographer and director Tengberg, who is considering marrying him.

Very different from Trump
Compared with Trump, Fraser Rickson is very different in all aspects. Trump is one of the oldest presidents in the United States. He is a wealthy businessman. He is proficient in speculating, selling houses, likes a splendid style, politically inclined, conservative, and likes to bargain. The so-called “transaction art” is most willing to see each other. Battle. Fraser Riksen is Denmark’s youngest prime minister. His political stance is left-leaning and his style is simple. He used to ride a bicycle to canvass. She has a wealth of experience in governing and acts like a step-by-step. She once said in the book “Political Portraits”: “I always list things that need to be done. I like the feeling of completing one thing, so I can continue to the next step.”

In 2015, when Schmidt’s election was defeated, Fraser Rikersen took over as the leader of the Social Democratic Party and was regarded as “the unity factor of different factions within the party”. In the general election in June this year, Fraser Rickson united the center-left Socialist People’s Party, the Red Green Alliance and the Radical Liberal Party to form a “red camp”, defeating the center-right party led by the Liberal Party led by Rasmussen. Alliance “Blue Camp”. Denmark has thus become the third Nordic country to be governed by a center-left party this year.

On August 21st, US President Trump was interviewed at the White House to explain why he canceled his trip to Denmark.

In the past 18 years, Denmark has been in power for 14 years. The Social Democrats across Europe have been in a downturn since the 2008 international financial crisis, but now there is a resurgence of the country, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and other countries are now the Social Democratic Party. Some analysts said that factors such as population aging have pushed the Nordic governments to adopt fiscal austerity policies in recent years, cut welfare spending, and dissatisfied voters, resulting in the return of left-wing parties. Fraser Rickson promised that the new Danish government will increase public education and social security spending such as education, medical care, and old-age services, and even say that its own claim is “welfare first.” This is of course not the same way that Trump, who abolished Obama’s medical insurance, has gone.

Trump is a skeptic of climate change theory. He also uses the same position to lead the US energy and environmental protection departments, overturning many of Obama’s environmental policies. He promoted the “parity clean energy plan” to relax greenhouse gas emission restrictions on coal-fired power plants, triggering a coalition of 27 states and cities to sue the federal government. Fraser Riksen is a staunch environmentalist and actively promotes the policy of the Social Democratic Party to turn left. Her new government advocates cutting carbon emissions by 70% by 2030, well above the previous 40% cut. This goal has been agreed by the “Red Camp” 4 parties. In a report, “Red Camp” acknowledged that it is difficult to achieve this goal, but “the world and Denmark are both in a climate crisis”, and controlling temperature rise is not only the right thing, but also “the most economically responsible”. of”. Fraser Rickson said to the young voters who supported her: “Dear young people, you turned this election into the first climate election in Danish history.”

On June 3, Fraser Rikerson rode a bicycle for campaign promotion in Copenhagen.

In this case, Fraser Rickson certainly can’t make any positive response to Trump’s “purchase of the island” proposal. Even if the sensitive issue of buying and selling national territory is not discussed, Fraser Rickson is not willing to hand over the world’s largest island to the United States that Trump is in charge of. Trump values ​​the island’s large deposits, including rare earths, but Fraser Rikerson is concerned about the island’s ecological effects. Greenland is covered with vast ice sheets and contains 8% of the world’s fresh water resources. Researchers in Denmark and the United States recently conducted a collaborative study and found that if the greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, the ice sheet on Greenland will melt in 1000 years. Once this happens, the sea level will rise by 7.28 meters, and many cities such as Los Angeles will be inundated. This will be an ecological disaster.

“A diplomatic farce”
However, Fraser Rickson, who was dissatisfied with Trump, remained restrained. She said she was looking forward to meeting Trump to talk about the challenges facing the Arctic. Trump’s cancellation of his visit to Denmark will not affect the good relations between the two countries, nor will it affect the cooperation between the two countries in military affairs and commerce. The Arctic issue still needs cooperation from the United States. Trump said that the relationship between the United States and Denmark was very good before going to France to attend the G7 summit. He and Fraser Rickson agreed to “talk later.”

On June 4th, Fraser Rikerson watched the election TV debate at Copenhagen Central Station.

In fact, at least one thing Fraser Rickson and Trump can talk about together – anti-immigration. Under the impact of the tide of refugees in the Middle East, Europeans now have more serious xenophobia. The Social Democratic Party led by Fraser Rickson turned left in economic policy, but the immigration policy turned to the right. She advocates setting limits on the number of non-Western immigrants, and more than a number of refugee applicants will be sent to shelters in places such as North Africa. All immigrants must work at least 37 hours a week to receive immigration benefits. Immigrants are also not allowed to wear veil covering the entire face, or they will be fined. She explained why she did this: “For me, one thing is becoming clearer: unregulated globalization, large-scale immigration and the free movement of labor, at the expense of the lower class (Danish) A professor of immigration studies at the University of Copenhagen believes that the current Danish government and the Trump administration are not very different on immigration issues.

From the overall relationship between Denmark and the United States, there is no reason for the two countries to turn their faces. Denmark is the only Nordic country in NATO. The United States relies on a defense treaty signed by the two countries in 1951 to use the Tulle Air Force Base in northern Greenland. There, the US military built important early warning radar facilities.

Denmark is a highly developed welfare state with a modern service economy and a strategic location at the entrance to the Baltic Sea. Outside Europe, the United States is Denmark’s largest trading partner. The total trade in goods in 2018 is close to $11.5 billion (US$1 is about 7.15 yuan). Denmark exports many commodities such as industrial machinery, chemical products, furniture, and pharmaceuticals to the United States, and has created 75,000 jobs for US investment.

On August 17, the US media reported that Trump wanted to buy news from Greenland.

In 1917, the United States purchased the “payment” site of the Danish West Indies.

From the perspective of the diplomatic history of the two countries, there have never been major twists and turns. Denmark recognized the United States in 1792 and established diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1801. It has never been interrupted. In 1917, Denmark also sold the Danish West Indies in the Caribbean to the United States. These islands are now known as the US Virgin Islands.

In World War II, Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany. In 1945, the Allies liberated Denmark, and the American Embassy in Copenhagen reopened. In 1947, the embassy level was elevated to the Embassy. For decades after World War II, Denmark has been one of the United States’ allies, one of the founding members of NATO and the United Nations, and the United States’ Iraq and Afghanistan policies have also received strong support from Denmark.

From Fraser Rickson’s point of view, Trump really did not reason to suddenly toss the relationship between the two countries. Former Danish Prime Minister Schmidt said it was more direct. Trump’s purchase of the island was an insult to the Greenlanders and all Danish people. The former Danish Foreign Minister Lidgau called it “a diplomatic farce.”

“If the island is successful, they will catch up everywhere.”
Now, the United States has come up with a new idea: to reopen the consulate in Greenland. The US State Department submitted a letter to Congress stating that the United States has a “strategic interest” in the Arctic region, hoping to strengthen cooperation with countries in the Arctic region in political, economic, and commercial terms. The reopening of the consulate in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, can enhance beauty. The presence of the Arctic, the consulate “will become an effective platform to advance the interests of the United States in Greenland.” The US State Department said that it has arranged for the commissioner to take charge of Greenland’s affairs, and will hire local staff this fall, hoping to open next year.

Greenland is located in the northeastern part of North America, with a total area of ​​about 2.166 million square kilometers, which is much larger than Denmark’s 43,000 square kilometers in Europe. About 75% of Greenland’s land is within the Arctic Circle. In 1841, Denmark turned Greenland into a colony and in 1933 acquired the full sovereignty of Greenland. During World War II, the United States opened a consulate in Greenland in 1940 and passed Greenland from 1940 to 1945. In the latter part of the Second World War, when the US President Truman offered $100 million to buy Greenland, Denmark did not agree. In 1953, Truman stepped down, the US consulate closed, and Denmark quickly set Greenland as a state to strengthen sovereignty control. By 2009, Denmark had legally recognized the right of Greenlanders to self-determination through the Autonomy Act. As a Danish autonomous territory, Greenland’s national defense and foreign affairs are governed by the Danish government, and other matters are highly autonomous.

Due to the poor living conditions, Greenland has only tens of thousands of people, and the economy is very backward, mainly relying on Danish “blood transfusion”. However, the island is rich in natural resources, including uranium mines, zinc mines, rare earth mines and other resources. It is considered to be the region with the largest reserves of rare earths except China. The northeastern part of the island also contains nearly 31 billion barrels of oil. And Greenland’s strategic location is part of the important corridor of the Navy’s operations between the Arctic and the North Atlantic.

However, Bayers, an Arctic expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada, believes that buying an island is not a good idea. On the one hand, buying Greenland did not solve any security problems. The island is currently in the hands of Denmark, which means that the United States can meet military needs through the NATO system. From the perspective of using natural resources, Greenland is currently open to foreign investment. The key is that the exploitation of resources is expensive, and the island has not been exploited on a large scale.

Residents of Greenland also don’t like Trump’s ideas. Greenland’s first female Prime Minister, Hammond, said that Trump’s proposal to buy the island showed his lack of sensitivity to history and his attitude towards Greenland was “very arrogant”. Greenland University professor Walkussen said that the US president did not recognize the right of a nation to self-determination, and that there are already so many (US) military bases on the island. If the island purchase is successful, they will rush around and build military bases… …we only have a population of 56,000. For me, this is scary.”