New Danish minister pledges hard-line approach

In her first official move since her surprise appointment earlier this month (EED 04/08/04), Denmark's new environment minister, Connie Hedegaard, has warned of "bone-hard consequences" for transgressors of environmental laws. Her terse 94-word statement has been interpreted by the Danish media as "a radical shift in environmental policy" and is reported to have met with "jubilation" among opposition politicians. Ms Hedegaard has explained in a series of interviews that she is less than keen on several policies of her predecessor, Hans Christian Schmidt, in particular his pursuit of "more environment for the money". See press release and newspaper articles one and two.

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