Is the "Connie effect" about to take hold in Europe? Denmark's popular Climate Minister, Connie Hedegaard, one of the driving forces behind preparations for the Copenhagen summit, will shortly leave her current position to accept a senior post at the European Commission, reports Politiken. The daily explains that she is should be well up to her new duties in Brussels, where José Manuel Barroso aims to create a portfolio for a Climate Commissioner.
The front page of Politiken shows Connie Hedegaard alongside Lykke Friis, an academic who is renowned for her ability to explain arcane European policies, who replaces her as Climate Minister. The newspaper believes that the choice of such a strong personality for a post that was not supposed to continue beyond the Copenhagen summit is a sign that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is planning further government initiatives in the field of climate policy.
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