Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

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Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

Prime Minister of Denmark from 25 January 1993 to 27 November 2001 and President of the Party of European Socialists from 2004 to 2011 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1943.

Countries: Denmark (65%), Europe (18%), United Kingdom (6%)

Main connections: Social Democrats (Denmark), Folketing, Svend Auken

Linked to: Social Democrats, Party of European Socialists, European Parliament, Folketing

 

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Poul Nyrup Rasmussen was born in 1943 add something


1971

He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, earning a M.sc. degree in Economics in 1971 add something


1982

Arne Melchior - He was minister of traffic in the Conservative Poul Schlüter coalition government from 1982-86, and Minister for Communication and Tourism in the Social Democratic Poul Nyrup Rasmussen coalition government from 1993-94


1990

Rasmussen replaced Svend Auken, the long serving leader of the Social Democrats, after his failure to form a government with the Radikale Venstre after the 1990 election, despite good results for both parties add something


1992

He was the leader of the governing Social Democrats from 1992 to 2002 add something

 

Svend Auken - His position as leader of the Social Democrats was challenged in 1992 by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who went on to win the internal election


1993

Rasmussen came to power in early 1993 when then-Prime Minister Poul Schlüter resigned after an inquiry found that he had misinformed the Folketing about the so-called Tamil Case add something

 

Mogens Lykketoft - In the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I, II, III and IV which governed from 1993 to 2001, he held positions as Finance Minister and Foreign Minister

 

Svend Auken - Poul Nyrup Rasmussen went on to become Prime Minister of Denmark in 1993, and Auken served as Minister for the Environment from 25 January 1993 to 27 September 1994 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I and was Minister for the Environment and Energy from 27 September 1994 to 27 November 2001 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen II, III and IV


1994

The Christian Democrats left the coalition after their defeat in the 1994 Folketing election, as did the Centre Democrats in late 1996 add something

 

The Christian Democrats left the coalition after their defeat in the 1994 Folketing election, as did the Centre Democrats in late 1996 add something


1998

The centre-left coalition only narrowly held on to its parliamentary majority in the 1998 Folketing election add something


2001

It was not universally popular with the electorate, which may have been a factor in the Social Democrats' defeat in the 2001 parliamentary election add something

 

Rasmussen called an early election in 2001, saying this would give the next prime minister time to prepare for Denmark's upcoming presidency of the European Union in 2002 add something

 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - 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


2002

Influential factions opposed Rasmussen's efforts, calling his leadership into question, and in late 2002 he announced that he would be stepping down as chairman add something

 

Mogens Lykketoft - In December 2002 he succeeded former Danish prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen as leader of the Social Democratic party


2004

In 2004 Rasmussen defeated Giuliano Amato to be elected President of the PES, succeeding Robin Cook in the post add something

 

Rasmussen became a MEP for the Party of European Socialists after winning a record number of 407,966 votes for an individual in the European Parliamentary elections in 2004 add something

 

Party of European Socialists - In 2004 Poul Nyrup Rasmussen defeated Giuliano Amato to be elected President of the PES, succeeding Robin Cook in the post


2006

He was re-elected for a further 2,5 years at the PES Congress in Porto on 8 December 2006 add something


2007

In 2007 he published the book "I grådighedens tid" , which contains harsh criticism of the role hedge and venture capital funds play in the global economy add something


2008

His report, proposing binding rules for all players as well as greater transparency and accountability, was passed by the European Parliament in September 2008 add something


2009

Rasmussen has played a central role in making the party more inclusive and oversaw the launch of the network 'PES Activists', as well as a radically participative consultation process to construct the party's manifesto for the European election 2009 add something

 

Rasmussen has slammed the Commission's response to the economic crisis; in March 2009 he wrote: "A new, updated Recovery Plan is needed now, otherwise there will be 25 million unemployed in 2010 add something


2011

Sergei Stanishev - Stanishev took over the PES leadership as Interim President in late 2011 after his predecessor, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, stepped down from his post