Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Danish politician who served as the 12th and current Secretary General of NATO. Rasmussen served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 27 November 2001 to 5 April 2009 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1953.

Countries: Denmark (24%), Europe (10%), United Kingdom (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: NATO, Muhammadu Buhari, Muhammad Yunus

Linked to: Venstre, Conservative People's Party, Folketing, Social Democrats

 

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen was born in 1953 add something


1978

He has held positions in government and opposition throughout his career, first winning a seat in the Folketing in 1978 add something


1987

From 1987 to 1990 he was Minister for Taxation and from 1990 Minister for Economy and Taxation in the Conservative-led Poul Schlüter government add something


1989

Civil unions between gay couples became legal in Denmark in 1989 add something


1990

However, through the 1990s, his views moved towards the political centre add something


1992

In 1992 Rasmussen resigned from his ministerial posts after a report from a commission of inquiry had decided that he had provided the Folketing with inaccurate and incomplete information regarding his decision to postpone payment of several bills from Regnecentralen and Kommunedata from one accounting year to the next add something


1993

In 1993 he was awarded the Adam Smith award by the libertarian society Libertas, partly because of this book add something

 

In his early career, Rasmussen was a strident critic of the welfare state, writing the classical liberal book "From Social State to Minimal State" in 1993 add something


1998

Venstre (Denmark) - Some describe it as classical liberal, since its leader from 1998 to 2009, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is known for his authorship of the book "From Social State to Minimal State"


2001

After the 2001 elections, Venstre banned all tax increases add something

 

Although his party's support was reduced from the 2001 election, costing it four seats, "Venstre" was able to maintain its coalition through gains by other parties, and on 18 February Rasmussen formed the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II add something

 

Following the 2001 election, "Venstre" formed a government in a parliamentary coalition with the Conservative People's_Party_(Denmark) to form a minority government with the parliamentary support of Dansk Folkeparti add something

 

His Liberal Party won power in the November 2001 election, defeating the Social Democratic government of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and enabling him to form his first cabinet add something

 

Rasmussen was the leader of the Liberal Party , and headed a center right-wing coalition with the Conservative People's_Party_(Denmark) which took office in November 2001 and won its second and third terms in February 2005 and in November 2007 add something

 

Rasmussen served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 27 November 2001 to 5 April 2009 add something

 

Claus Hjort Frederiksen - From 2001 to 2009, he was Minister of Employment of Denmark in cabinets I II, and III of Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 

Bendt Bendtsen - He was the Minister of Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2008 under Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 

Social Democrats (Denmark) - It continued to be Denmark's largest party until 2001 when Anders Fogh Rasmussen's liberal Venstre Party gained a landslide victory, becoming the largest party and forming a centre-right government

 

Jyllands-Posten - This contributed to the electoral success of Anders Fogh Rasmussen on November 20, 2001, whose political party campaigned for reduced immigration

 

Bendt Bendtsen - Following the November 2001 parliamentary election, he became Minister for Economic and Business Affairs and Minister for Nordic Cooperation on 27 November 2001 in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I

 

Thor Pedersen - He was Finance Minister from 27 November 2001 to 23 November 2007 as part of the Cabinets of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I and II


2002

Rasmussen held the rotating presidency of the European Union from July to December 2002, proving his dedication to a pro-EU agenda and the guiding principles of the Ellemann-Jensen doctrine add something

 

Veronica Lario - While the supposed affair was only mentioned in gossip tabloids, on October 2002, during a press conference with Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Silvio_Berlusconi said he ought to introduce his wife to Rasmussen, "the best-looking prime minister in Europe and certainly more handsome than Cacciari"


2003

As Prime Minister, Rasmussen strongly supported the 2003 Iraq War add something


2004

In 2004 Rasmussen's government came under attack based on questions of how much intelligence it had with regard to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction add something

 

In January 2004, Rasmussen stated his belief that homosexuals should be able to marry in religious ceremonies, which were not allowed at the time in the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Denmark, but he has said it should be up to religious communities to decide whether to perform ceremonies for gay couples add something


2005

After becoming Prime Minister, Rasmussen distanced himself from his earlier writings and announced the death of neoliberalism during the national elections of 2005 add something

 

During the final selection process only one country, Turkey, remained opposed to Rasmussen's candidacy, partly because of his handling of the cartoon episode in 2005, when the publication in some Danish newspapers of cartoons of Muhammad caused violent protests add something

 

Even though the total tax burden was marginally higher in 2005 than in 2001, the tax stop was popular among voters add something

 

Together these three parties survived both the 2005 election and the 2007 election add something

 

Thus, in January 2005, the Social Democrats announced that they accepted the principle of a tax stop until at least one right-wing party was willing to participate in tax reform add something

 

On 18 January 2005 Rasmussen called an election for 8 February 2005 add something

 

The reform was ratified on 16 June 2005 and was effective as of 1 January 2007 add something

 

In September 2005 the newspaper printed a full page with 12 cartoons depicting various interpretations of Muhammad add something


2006

Foreign relations of Afghanistan - On 28 January 2006, the Afghan president Hamid Karzai visited Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Marienborg, the summer residence of the Danish Prime Minister


2007

Shortly following his second reelection in 2007, rumours began to spread in the Danish media that Rasmussen was a candidate for high-profile international jobs add something

 

When the contingent of troops left around August 2007, it was not replaced and Denmark shifted its focus to non-military support around Baghdad add something

 

By the morning of 14 November 2007, after results came through from the Faroe Islands and Greenland, his centre-right coalition of the Liberals, the Conservative People's_Party_(Denmark) and the Danish People's Party had obtained the 90 seats required for him to continue as Prime Minister, making him the longest-ruling Liberal Prime Minister of Denmark add something

 

Danish Social Liberal Party - During the 2007 election, the possibility of cooperating with Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Liberal-Conservative government, though, became a source of debate within the party, but was rejected by the parliamentary group leader Margrethe Vestager

 

Eva Kjer Hansen - She was the Danish Minister for Food,_Agriculture_and_Fisheries (Minister_for_Food,_Agriculture_and_Fisheries_(Denmark)) as member of the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II, III and the Cabinet of Lars Løkke Rasmussen from 12 September 2007 until 23 February 2010, and she was Social Minister and Minister for Women's Rights from 2 August 2004 to 12 September 2007, as member of the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I and II.

 

Connie Hedegaard - She was Danish Minister for Climate and Energy from 23 November 2007 as a member of the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen III and that of Lars Løkke Rasmussen and had been the Danish Minister for the Environment from 2 August 2004 to 23 November 2007, as a member of the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I and II


2008

As an amateur cyclist, Rasmussen completed part of the notorious Alpe d'Huez stage of the 2008 Tour de France the day after the professional race took place add something

 

Following the Irish rejection of the treaty in June 2008, it became obvious that this position would not be created in the near future add something


2009

In 2009 a major tax reform was implemented add something

 

After his confirmed, Rasmussen announced that he would resign as Prime Minister of Denmark on 5 April 2009 add something

 

After his accession on 1 August 2009, Rasmussen's first mission was a visit to Afghanistan, where he met with President Karzai and senior Afghan ministers, including Minister for Foreign Affairs Spanta, Minister for Defence General Wardak, and Minister of Interior Atmar to discuss the impending presidential and provincial council elections add something

 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen became the 12th NATO Secretary General on 1 August 2009, succeeding Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who held the post from 2004 until 2009 add something

 

Venstre (Denmark) - It is led by Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who took over as party leader and Prime Minister from Anders Fogh Rasmussen in 2009

 

Inger Stojberg - After the head of government Anders Fogh Rasmussen transferred to Nato, Støjberg became, in April 2009, minister of work and equality, succeeding Claus Hjort Frederiksen

 

Foreign relations of Afghanistan - In September 2009, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Camp Bastion

 

Armed forces of the Netherlands - In December 2009, reacting to three requests received from the side of the U.S. by Vice President Biden, the special American representative to Afghanistan Holbrooke and Secretary of State Clinton and a request by Secretary General of NATO Rasmussen as well, the Dutch government announced that the final decision on the continuation of the mission in Uruzgan would be on its agenda in March 2010


2011

In April, 2011, in relation to the 2011 Libyan civil war Rasmussen said that on the day NATO started taking command of the mission under the U.N. mandate, the alliance ruled out arming the rebels add something

 

In October 2011, the intensive 7-month NATO intervention had "now moved much closer" to its end, according to Rasmussen add something


2012

European Parliament election, 2014 - Verhofstadt was considered to be the likely nominee, but a meeting of the then-ELDR party held in Dublin from 8 to 10 November 2012 did not agree to formally nominate him yet; concerns voiced included the fact that it was considered unlikely that Verhofstadt would have a chance of getting elected as President of the European Commission, as Anders Fogh Rasmussen was expected to be appointed to the post of President of the European Council or High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy after the 2014 election, and two liberal politicians in the EU's top ra


2013

In February 2013 in the first visit of a & NATO secretary-general to Ireland for a meeting with EU defence ministers, he said NATO had an open-door policy towards membership of the organisation add something

 

However, on 11 December 2013 the North Atlantic Council extended his term until 30 September 2014, in order to ensure the organisation of the 2014 NATO summit in Wales add something

 

Barbara Serra - In 2013, Serra interviewed Anders Fogh Rasmussen, where he discussed NATO's involvement in Afghanistan and the success of its operations in the region


2014

His term as Secretary General of NATO was to end in the summer of 2014 add something

 

On 28 March 2014, Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as Rasmussen's successor as Secretary-General, and will take office on 1 October 2014 add something

 

In June 2014, Rasmussen claimed that Russia "engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations - environmental organisations working against shale gas - to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas add something

 

On 1 October 2014 as Rasmussen was succeeded by Jens Stoltenberg, the former Prime Minister of Norway add something

 

Jens Stoltenberg - In March 2014 Stoltenberg was appointed by & NATO's North Atlantic Council as Secretary General of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 

Jens Stoltenberg - On 28 March 2014 & NATO's North Atlantic Council appointed Stoltenberg as designated successor of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the 13th Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the council, effective from 1 October 2014


2015

Royal Institute of International Affairs - Recent speakers include Shinzo Abe, David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Madeleine Albright, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abdullah Gül, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Herman_Van_Rompuy, Muhammad Yunus, Ban Ki-moon and on the 26th of February, 2015, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, Nigeria, spoke on the prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa : Nigeria's transition

 

Chatham House - Recent speakers include Shinzo Abe, David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Madeleine Albright, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abdullah Gül, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Herman_Van_Rompuy, Muhammad Yunus, Ban Ki-moon and on the 26th of February, 2015, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, Nigeria, spoke on the prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa : Nigeria's transition

 

Royal Institute of International Affairs - Recent speakers include Shinzo Abe, David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Madeleine Albright, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abdullah Gül, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Herman_Van_Rompuy, Muhammad Yunus, Ban Ki-moon and on 26 February 2015, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, Nigeria, spoke on the prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa : Nigeria's transition

 

Chatham House - Recent speakers include Shinzo Abe, David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Madeleine Albright, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abdullah Gül, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Herman_Van_Rompuy, Muhammad Yunus, Ban Ki-moon and on 26 February 2015, Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress, Nigeria, spoke on the prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa : Nigeria's transition


2016

On 27 May 2016 Rasmussen become non-staff advisor to President (President_of_Ukraine) Poroshenko of Ukraine add something


 

He received the "America award" of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2017 add something