Supporting parties want a larger majority for Danish participation in the war

This means that there must be a so-called qualified majority if Denmark is to participate in a war in the future. So not like today just a simple majority.

The message is not new, but is relevant again after the chaotic exit from Afghanistan after 20 years of war in the country, including with Danish participation.

It gives food for thought, says SF’s foreign affairs spokesman, Karsten Hønge.

– The world is an uncertain place, and the climate crisis will contribute to even more unpredictable balances of power. I think it is important that we as a democratic society learn from the mistakes of the past and ensure a more thorough process when we have to make such radical decisions as it is to send Danish women and men to war.

– At the same time, we owe it to our soldiers that they are sent away with the greatest possible support, and do not leave their efforts in a vacuum of political tug-of-war, Hønge says in a press release.

Sending Danish soldiers to war is the “ultimate power”, says former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard (R).

– We must and must learn something. There are many aspects to consider, many choices that should be reconsidered, including this issue.

– We can not change the Constitution here and now, but we should be able to politically agree that future Danish participation in the war should depend on the support of two thirds of the Folketing, says Lidegaard, who today is foreign affairs spokesman for his party.

The Unity List’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Eva Flyvholm, adds:

– We must do everything we can to avoid new failed wars, as in Afghanistan and Iraq. Going to war is one of the most serious decisions a country can make.

– Therefore, such a decision must be based on a broader democratic mandate and be the subject of a more thorough democratic debate, says Flyvholm.

Before the 2019 election, the Social Democrats supported a similar SF proposal, but subsequently, for example, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (S) stated that “a broad base does not mean two thirds. It means a broad and good cooperation in the Folketing” on the same subject.

Source: The Nordic Page


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