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Pittelkow, Ralf

Political commentator at Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, previously advisor to socialdemocrat Danish prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | 22/12/2011

Christmas carols victim of multiculti prophets

As in Sweden, several schools in Denmark have done away with or altered certain Christmas traditions out of consideration for Muslim pupils. One school, for example, has removed two verses from a Christmas psalm on the birth of Christ with the justification that they were all too "proclamatory". The conservative daily Jyllands-Posten has no understanding for such behaviour: "Christianity is a fundamental part of our national identity, and that includes the lovely Christmas psalms. If even fervent atheists can sing them with joy, it's because they remind us of our historic roots as a community. Cutting the verses is a denial of the fact that we as a nation share a valuable historical and cultural sense of togetherness. A sense that Muslims and other immigrants need not be protected from but allowed to share - irrespective of their religious affiliation. The school principal is a true representative of the sort of political correctness that appeared long before Muslim immigration."

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | 13/05/2011

Europe's hysteria over border controls

On Denmark's initiative 15 of 27 EU interior ministers approved a revision of the Schengen Agreement on Thursday in Brussels. The conservative daily Jyllands-Posten finds the criticism of the reintroduction of border controls somewhat hysterical: "Some experts and politicians are solemnly stating that this is a blow to the freedom of movement within the EU. But the freedom of movement they are speaking of - trade, labour, capital, travel - will only be minimally affected. In reality the hysteria over the border controls is not driven by practical motives. The attack on permanent border controls is an attack on the nation state. Feelings of national cohesion are supposed to be somehow suspect. But Europe has no society that can replace national societies. ... The Danes feel they have no control whatsoever over how for example the Greeks protect their section of the EU's outer perimeter. For that reason they feel more secure when the EU also offers them the possibility of controls at Denmark's borders."

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