Denmark’s first female prime minister has reshuffled her cabinet in a bid to kick start the country’s economy and halt faltering support for her centre-left government.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt has appointed Henrik Sass Larsen as minister for business and growth in one of several ministerial changes. The country has been poised on the brink of a recession.
“We want to discuss how we will get growth in Denmark, how we create jobs,” she told TV2 News television, introducing Sass-Larsen an ambitious ally in her Social Democrat Party.
Thorning-Schmidt, who unseated Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s liberal-conservative coalition two years ago, has watched support for her centre-left coalition government ebb after forcing through cuts to unemployment benefits, student grants and early retirement packages.
Many Danes have criticised what they call her backtracking on a election promise to “bring Denmark out on the other side of the (economic) crisis”.
Denmark has struggled to boost consumer confidence since a property bubble burst, leaving many people wary of spending. The global financial crisis has also dampened exports, another main
drivers for the country’s economy.