- Town Office, Hanne speaking.

- I'm calling about my postal vote.

- Social security number, please?

- 271166-1883.

One moment, please.

This election is important,

don't you agree?

- Yes. Your vote has been registered.

- Great. Thanks.

The climate change in recent years

has made an impression on Danes.

The opposition is thundering ahead...

...a 50% increase in oil prices.

Denmark must drill for oil in the sea,

or Greenland will look elsewhere...

And now on to a hot subject

during this election.

The oil drillings in Greenland. Should

or shouldn't we drill for oil there?

Yes or no?

Becoming independent of oil is the

greatest issue our generation faces.

What are we talking about?

The survival of our planet.

A reduced demand for oil isn't enough.

We must reduce the exploration.

We won't allow Danish state companies

to drill for oil. That's for sure.

The voters have spoken:

Martin Felding is to form Denmark's

new green cabinet and may become PM.

We'll release the roster on Tuesday.

Are you the new climate

and energy minister?

I'm very passionate about climate

issues, but let's wait and see.

- Thomas Borby, our new foreign minister?

- I can't comment on that.

Welcome, Mia Moesgaard, political

commentator with the Morning Paper.

Your comments

on the new government?

It'll be interesting to see...

...if they can live up to the

climate policy that got them elected.


- Watching the news?

- I'm on my way up.

Turn on your TV.

We have reached an agreement today

between the Danish government...

...Greenland and the oil industry.

Negotiations have taken place

behind closed doors...

...and come as a surprise to both

Danish and American commentators.

The deal includes

a consortium and a climate fund.

The consortium, made up of Denmark,

the US and Greenland, will be drilling... North Greenland close to Station

North, Denmark's northern-most base.

But Foreign Minister Thomas Borby is

more excited about the climate fund.

Means derived from the oil profits

will be set aside for a fund... protect the environment.

Getting the US to commit to a green deal

makes me one happy foreign minister.

The deal will make Denmark less

dependent on unstable oil states...

...and create more jobs, according

to the government's press release.

A trilateral treaty will be ratified

on Friday in Copenhagen.

The American foreign minister will stop

in Copenhagen on her European tour... throw light on the deal.


Denmark is dependent

on military alliances in the Arctic.

Only we saw this coming.

Mia did the research, and

she should have a go at the minister.

- When is she leaving?

- Tomorrow.

But this is going to be a hot topic

until they ratify the treaty on Friday.

- I'm leaving tomorrow.

- Guess you'll bring the kid round?

- You like kids?

- Sure.

This is the worst time possible.

DR wants you on Deadline.

I need you. You're the best. It's all

about the government's flip flop.

It's a debate with Thomas Borby.

Give him hell.

Ask him why they lied.

- I have to pack.

- I'll pack your suitcase for you.

It's not such a bad thing

to leave packing a victory.


I'll do it.

- Here you go.

- Thanks.

- You're on maternity leave now.

- I have to get used to that phrase.

- Have you had time to prepare?

- I've done my best.

So you're ready?

Well, I've packed 36 boxes of formula.

Toys, baby clothes and some gifts

for the women at the orphanage.

I just got off the phone with them.

They're ready for you.

You have a court appointment there on

Friday, and then you'll get to meet her.


Welcome to Copenhagen.

The local time is 2:15 p.m.

Let me, Dad.

My guests in this debate are

political commentator Mia Moesgaard...

...and Foreign Minister Thomas Borby.

Let's go over the facts.

Here, in North Eastern Greenland,

deep below the sea is our new oil field.

Albeit no new North Sea adventure,

the government says it's promising.

Mia Moesgaard, you're skeptical about

Thomas Borby's deal with the US. Why?

You win an election on a green agenda.

A year later you go back on all that.

- Peter Hostrup has made it clear...

- The government's climate expert.

This deal enables us, by using the oil

there, to convert to green energy...

...on a scale otherwise unimaginable

in the light of the global crisis.

The deal creates new Danish jobs...

...and makes us independent

of unstable oil states.

Moesgaard, this deal sounds

like a win-win situation.

But they were elected on the promise

of not going anywhere near that oil...

...and their arguments were...

...that rising CO2 emissions pose a

threat globally and not just to Denmark.

I think many people would say you're

lobotomizing democracy, Thomas Borby.

- Are you lobotomizing democracy, Borby?

- That's an insane allegation.

Negotiations have been steamrolled...

...over the heads of the voters...

...and the ensuing frustration

may result in violent reactions.

Should you have given it more time?

- Violent reactions as in extreme?

- I didn't say that.

Are you encouraging riots

or worse?

- I didn't say that, Thomas Borby.

- No, but you thought it.

Mia Moesgaard, are you in fact

encouraging riots and violent methods... part of a political struggle?

Is that your job as a reporter...

No, but you can't disregard the way

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