A hybride between colony and sovereign independent state

Until 1953 Greenland was a Danish colony. Both legaly and historically this is an inevitable fact. Aquut is the Greenlandic word for the steering wheel in a ship. Aquut thus is a symbol. Who governs Greenland? How is the relationship between Denmark and Greenland? While there is registered a great interest in Greenland according to melting of the ice cap and global warming, it seems now and then forgotten that there is a Greenlandic population of 56.000 inhabitants in Greenland. Beside of that, we estimate that there will be living about 20.000 Greenlanders outside Greenland. About the editor: I am Danish. The bias is European. The risc is that of always wanting to civilize instead of leaving space to Inuit to choose their own direction

Map of Greenland, Kalaalit Nunaat

Greenland – KaIaalit Nunaaat – is Kim Kielsen facing an unstable autumn?

    By Mikael Hertig * Siumut rebellion is postponed, not closed down As earlier articles have explained, internal dissatisfaction with Kim Kielsen is a threat to his leadership – both in the Siumut party — and the Government, Naalakkersuisut. The threat looks like a big internal challenge to the Siumut party. The Government can hardly just change from one…

Small Greenlandic political party wants to switch from to USA (1.1.)

Proposes to be connected  to  US instead of Denmark Corrected By Mikael Hertig, M of Sci Pol *   Recently Donald Trump proposed  the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to buy Greenland of Denmark. This was immediately refused. “Greenland belongs to The Greenlanders”,  Mette Frederiksen said. Since 2009, Greenland has “Self Rule” but recognized as part of “Kingdom of Denmark”…

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Denmark should soften it’s small state policy approach

      By Mikael Hertig, M. of Sci. Pol. Intensify  Danish-Greenlandic cooperation with Canada When the Danish diplomatic conversation is about the relationship to  Canada, it is usually the question of the supremacy of Hans’ Island, which first emerges. But there are both geopolitical and cultural reasons why Denmark should make much more of it’s relations to Canada. It…

Greenlanders to Trump: Greenland is not for sale

By Mikael Hertig, M. of Pol. Sci. August 16 2019. mh@aquut.com     Danes and Greenlanders:  “This is absurd”       Donald Trump is visiting Denmark primo September. Several US papers refers – among others Wall Street Journal   – that Trump is going to negotiate how Unites States can buy Greenland. In 1920, USA bought The Virgin Islands of…

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Greenland: The Democrats interfere in Siumut quarrel

  By Mikael Hertig, Denmark. Master of Political Science August 14 2019         The party “Democrats” intervenes in the Siumut Party’s internal conflict.       The Democrats weak support to independence Like most of the  Greenlandic parties, also the Democrats claims to work for full independence. Greenland is a former Danish colony. Today, Greenland is governed…

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Greenland: Kielsen will not retire immidiately – but later UPDATED

Crisis in Government of Greenland: Kielsen will retire at a later stage By Mikael Hertig August 14 2019     As mentioned in an article yesterday, seven members of  the chair of Siumut party (“Siumut” = “Avance”) claimed the retirement of Kim Kielsen, Prime Minister of Government of Greenland . The crisis is obvious, and the weakened Prime Minister has…

Majority in Greenlands party Siumut demands resignation of their Governor

      Kim Kielsen’s position as country chairman is under threat   Photo of National Chairman Kim Kielsen taken from his New Year’s speech     A majority of Inatsisartut’s Siumut group in a press release late Monday demanded Naalakkersuisut chairman Kim Kielsen step down. This is what the Greenlandic newspaper Sermitsiaq writes early Tuesday morning.     Seven…

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The blessing time of colonies

By Mikael Hertig 20 In Denmark, the blessing time of colonies1 Marine Duc and Mikael Hertig Abstract Despite the implementation since the end of the 1970s of a gradual transfer of power from the government of Denmark to Naalakkersuisut – Government of Greenland -, this is not just a peaceful development in relations between the small Nordic country and its…

Praktikforløb og skånebehov

Tager arbejdsgiverne skånebehov alvorligt?     Når arbejdsgiveren modtager mennesker i virksomhedspraktik, skal han altid respekterer de skånebehov, der følger personen. Det kan handle om tidsbegrænsninger, om løfteevne, om psykiske forhold. Jeg har mødt klienter med skånebehov, hvor de slet ikke blev respekteret.  Jeg har oplevet det, som om personen bliver sat i arbejde på mere normale vilkår, end skånebehovene…

A Greenlandic perspective on the Greenlandic economy

Adam Grydehøj is a researcher in microstates and island communities, with a focus on the Arctic region and China. He is director of the Island Dynamics research institute (www.islanddynamics.org), executive editor of Island Studies Journal (www.islandstudies.ca), and guest lecturer in political science at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland. A Danish version of this article  was first published in Sermitsiaq.     Adam…

Greenlands leading party Siumut is at risc of being cleaved in two

  The leading Siumut Party is at risk at being split up in two after the  congress July 26. Thinking in European logics, a cleavage wood seem inevitable. However, Greenlanders think and act in a culture trying to avoid conflicts. And if conflicts comes to the surface, to live with them if possible. Greenland’s near future depends on the result…

Greenland: Danish Government is bluffing (updated)

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is bluffing when he threatens the Government of Greenland with eliminating “Bloktilskud”   Abstract Both by a debate in the Danish Folketing  in may and later repeated at a common “Rigsmøde” between the prime ministers of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland the Danish Prime Minister has threatened the Greenlandish Government and Parliament (Naalakkersuisut, Inatsisartut)…