Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats address the press after finalizing the government negotiations at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, shortly after midnight midnight on 26 June 2019. Mette Frederiksen informed the press that The Danish Social Democrats will form a minority government backed by three other left-wing parties. [EPA-EFE/Mads Claus Rasmussen] Only a few days after the European Union failed to agree on 2050 carbon neutral climate target, Denmark’s Social Democrats and their three center-left allies agreed on Wednesday (26 June) on a political program that aims to promote one of the most ambitious climate policies in the world. Three weeks of negotiations between the Social Democrats’ leader Mette Frederiksen and her allies have produced an 18-page agreement outlining six broad priorities that she said will help “push Denmark in a new direction.” The document, titled “A Fair Direction for Denmark,” includes cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, halting the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars from 2030 onward, introducing a binding reduction target for agriculture, and adopting a climate action plan as well as pushing for more ambitious goals within the EU and strengthening the country’s green diplomacy. As it is, Denmark […]

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