Spain implemented national lockdown measures from March 15, and is expected to continue until April 26, but some measures have been lifted recently. An estimated 300,000 non-essential staff members returned to Madrid this week to work. Authorities have allowed some industries, including the construction industry, to resume work.
The Danish intelligence and security service announced the arrest of three members of the “Al-Ahwaz Arab Liberation Movement” on charges of espionage for Saudi Arabia. Dan Anders, head of the Danish intelligence and security service, said the three were spying for three years in Denmark.
US President Donald Trump canceled his trip to Denmark because of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s refusal to sell Greenland to the United States. Speaking in a tweet Tuesday, August 20, the president praised Denmark, and commented about the prime minister’s remarks that she had no interest in discussing the sale of Greenland to the United States.
Greenland’s government says it welcomes foreign investment but is not for sale. This came in response to comments by US President Donald Trump, which hinted at the possibility of Washington’s purchase of the island under the administration of Denmark.
The Wall Street Journal quoted sources within the White House saying that the US president was interested in buying Greenland. It is the largest island in the world, the autonomous territory of Denmark. Mr. Trump, who was in the construction business before the presidency, is looking very seriously at the purchase.
Pollsters have had a rough go of it over the past four years or so. Several high-profile misses have led to reassessment and caution throughout the industry. But no one has been the least bit bashful about Denmark, headed to the polls on Wednesday. As sure as the sun will rise over the Baltic Sea, the Kingdom will have a new Prime Minister. Actually, it almost happened two days early, as Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the center-right “Blue Bloc,” and centrist Venstre party, was nearly hit by a falling roof tile outside the National Museum on Monday. The real winners, however, are likely to be the populist Danish People’s Party, as mainstream parties race to the right on immigration.
The country’s youngest-ever Chancellor officially became it’s shortest-serving, and the first since the war to be brought down by a vote of no-confidence on Monday. Already headed for snap elections in the fall, the move was largely seen as necessary by the newly-enlarged opposition to avoid giving Sebastian Kurz an advantage. If Austrians were cross with Kurz, they sure didn’t show it on Sunday. His People’s Party (ÖVP) gained two seats, at the expense of his now-former coalition partners, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), and Greens.