Denmark: A constitution for Greenland

27 September 2011 – Presseurop Politiken

"Greenland wants its own constitution," writes the Danish daily Information. For the first time ever, a significant majority in Greenland’s parliament (the Landsting) will propose on 6 October that the government of the autonomous province draw up a constitution for the island. As an overseas territory associated with the EU, Greenland has enjoyed greater home rule since July 2009, following a referendum held in November 2008 that left Copenhagen still in control of areas including foreign policy and justice. According to the MPs, the goal is not to break entirely with its former coloniser, Denmark. In Denmark itself the project remains controversial, writes Information, as many will interpret it as another step towards independence for Greenland, whose population of just over 56,000 has been heavily subsidised by the kingdom for decades. The debate is heating up: as climate change shrinks the ice cap and snow fields, several mining and oil companies are circling around possible discoveries of gold, oil and gas on the once heavily glaciated island.

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