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Knudsen, Anne

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Weekendavisen - Denmark | 12/05/2015

Police unimaginative in fight against terror

The police in Denmark have admitted that grave mistakes were committed in response to the attacks in Copenhagen on February 14 and 15. Too few officers were on duty in front of the synagogue where a guard was shot, and they weren't prepared to use firearms. The police often lack the wisdom their job requires, the conservative paper Weekendavisen believes: "The police management is not only trained at the police academy: legal education also plays a key role. ... But where do they develop the necessary imagination? ... In police work, and above all in the intelligence services, it's not enough to have a positive outlook. And there's no point setting up a sophisticated bureaucracy if it inevitably leads to conformity. ... Police officers and intelligence staff deployed in situations where there is a threat of violent death must always bear in mind the worst-case scenario."

Weekendavisen - Denmark | 23/01/2015

An anti-depressant for Europe

The ECB's decision could rouse Europe from its lethargy and help it to start seeing the many political and economic crises as an opportunity, the conservative weekly Weekendavisen writes: "Naturally there is a risk that Russia could fall into a black hole. But if we weren't so depressed we would come up with a solution instead of just despairing. Of course the unemployment rate in southern Europe is scandalously high and Greece is in a terrible state. But if we hadn't been so down in the dumps we could have done something about it. ... If you only see darkness and despair you paralyse yourself. ... The ECB's decision gives the responsibility to the governments of the individual states. This would be a good opportunity to take an objective look at what can be done to encourage Europeans to face the future with realism and hope."

Weekendavisen - Denmark | 11/07/2014

US money only for Afghans' public welfare

In Afghanistan the row over alleged fake votes in the presidential elections is escalating. The defeated candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he should become president and has threatened to form a counter-government. In that case the US would scrap financial aid for the country. That would be the wrong approach, the conservative weekly Weekendavisen believes: "When the Soviet Union cut off its funding for Afghanistan, all hell broke loose. The Soviet money was all that was keeping the government apparatus in Kabul in power, because it was used to buy support in the provinces through corruption and a clientele system. ... But we also know what a new school, a repaired bridge or an irrigation channel can mean when these projects belong to the people; when it's about something that they themselves wanted and worked for. ... Now diplomacy is needed. And then economic support structures that don't just make the post of president a goldmine must be built up."

Politiken - Denmark | 14/02/2011

Anne Knudsen on politicians' childish attitude to rules

Whether in private life or at work, in the family or leisure time, more and more details are subject to legal control, complains Anne Knudsen in the left-liberal daily Politiken: "Politicians today have lost sight of the people at the expense of the electorate and consumers who use or abuse the social system. ... When you let children establish the classroom rules themselves, everything, - be it important or picayune - is settled higgledy-piggledy without any priorities. This way of deciding how we should behave with each other can be seen as immature, even infantile. It's fine when we're talking about children, but it's inappropriate for politicians to act that way. Unfortunately our political life is increasingly dominated by such infantilisation. All discussions are focussed on the whys and wherefores of rules - on new ideas for new laws and regulations: ... 'We have now presented a proposal. ... We have adopted measures ... .' And immediately everyone is overjoyed at such resolute behaviour. And what's the point? Yes, dear politicians: stop behaving like children who don't know what's important and what isn't."

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