Inger Stojberg after the verdict in the Supreme Court of Denmark

Inger Stojberg after the verdict in the Supreme Court of Denmark

With the conviction in the Supreme Court of Denmark, it was conceivable that Inger Stojberg’s time as a politician would be a closed chapter. It is unusual for only one former minister to be produced in a national court – this has happened only six times in the country’s history. That he too has now been sentenced and sentenced to 60 days of unconditional imprisonment is unparalleled.

But in the case of the controversial former Immigration and Integration Affairs minister, the verdict could be a pinhole for the career ladder. In the midst of the ongoing trial, a new job offer suddenly appeared: to become the party’s new leader in the Danish People’s Party.

The immigration-critical party is in crisis as current party leader Kristian Thulsen Dahl announced his resignation in mid-November after a disastrous municipal election. Since then, the party has sent off its desired crown princess. The party’s leading figure and strong woman, Pia Kjgersgaard, was still on hand to support when the Supreme Court talks against Inger Stojberg ended.

Inger Stojberg is not even a member The Danish People’s Party but has a track record with many controversial proposals in migration policy that the party probably likes.

During her time as Minister of Immigration and Integration Affairs in the bourgeois government of Lars Locke Rasmussen 2015–2019, she managed to introduce several controversial laws. The so-called “Jewelry Law” which, for example, gives Danish authorities the right to confiscate jewelery from refugees. or the handshake requirement, which means that anyone who wishes to become a Danish citizen must first prove their Danishness by shaking hands with an official in a public ceremony.

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The most noticed, other than yesterday’s verdict, was probably still for the cake photos on Facebook, which she published after she began her 50th penance in the field of integration.

after punishment Many Danish commentators and political scientists believed that the colorful Staberg with his strict leadership style would be seen as a martyr rather than a criminal. During the trial, there has been great support for him and many supporters are on site outside the courtroom to demonstrate.

Now Folklore will vote on whether she can remain a political barbarian. You can already guess the attitude of the Danish People’s Party. In A comment on Denmark Radio Deputy party leader Morten Messerschmidt says he thinks Staberg has been punished adequately and that no one should “deprive him of his dignity”.

In other words, the door is open. And if it were to close against all odds, there are more possibilities. Perhaps mainly among national conservatives the Nye borgerlige – a relatively new party that bills itself as more immigration-critical than the Danish People’s Party.

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