Thorning-Schmidt II Cabinet

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Thorning-Schmidt Cabinet II
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75th cabinet of Denmark
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Date formed3 February 2014
Date dissolved28 June 2015
People and organisations
Head of state Margrethe II of Denmark
Head of government Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Member party Social Democrats
Social Liberal Party
Status in legislature Coalition minority government
Opposition party Venstre
Opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen
History
Election(s)
Legislature term(s) 2011-2015
Outgoing formation 2015 general election
Predecessor Thorning-Schmidt Cabinet I
Successor Lars Løkke Rasmussen II Cabinet

The Second Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the Government of Denmark in office from 3 February 2014 to 28 June 2015. It was a coalition government between the Social Democrats and the Social Liberal Party.

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The Social Democrats, officially the Social Democratic Party or simply Social Democracy, is a social-democratic political party in Denmark.

Danish Social Liberal Party political party in Denmark

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Contents

It was preceded by the First Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a cabinet that ended when the Socialist People's Party left the government.

Cabinet (government) Group of high ranking officials, usually representing the executive branch of government

A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch. Members of a cabinet are usually called Cabinet ministers or secretaries. The function of a Cabinet varies: in some countries it is a collegiate decision-making body with collective responsibility, while in others it may function either as a purely advisory body or an assisting institution to a decision making head of state or head of government. Cabinets are typically the body responsible for the day-to-day management of the government and response to sudden events, whereas the legislative and judicial branches work in a measured pace, in sessions according to lengthy procedures.

Socialist Peoples Party (Denmark) political party in Denmark

The Socialist People's Party is a green, popular socialist political party in Denmark.

Government formations

Helle Thorning-Schmidt formed the First Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt following the 2011 parliamentary election and lead a coalition government consisting of her own Social Democrats, the Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People's Party until 2014.

On 30 January 2014, the Socialist People's Party announced their departure from the government due to a conflict over the proposed sale of DONG Energy shares to Goldman Sachs. Before departure, they also announced they will support Helle Thorning-Schmidt although not being a part of her government. [1]

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This event lead to the resignation of the First Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the formation of the Second Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt on 3 February 2014.

The Second Cabinet of Thorning-Schmidt resigned following defeat in the 2015 general election.

2015 Danish general election

General elections were held in the Kingdom of Denmark on 18 June 2015 to elect the 179 members of the Folketing. 175 members were elected in the Denmark proper, two in the Faroe Islands and two in Greenland. Although the ruling Social Democrats became the largest party in the Folketing and increased their seat count, the opposition Venstre party was able to form a minority government headed by Lars Løkke Rasmussen with the support of the Danish People's Party, the Liberal Alliance and the Conservative People's Party.

List of ministers

The Social Democrats had thirteen ministers including the Prime Minister. The Social Liberal Party had seven ministers. [2]

PortfolioMinisterTookofficeLeftofficeParty
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister   Helle Thorning-Schmidt 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Interior  Margrethe Vestager 3 February 20142 September 2014 Social Liberals
  Morten Østergaard 2 September 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs   Martin Lidegaard 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation   Mogens Jensen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Finance
Minister for Finance   Bjarne Corydon 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Justice
Minister for Justice   Karen Hækkerup 3 February 201410 October 2014 Social Democrats
  Mette Frederiksen 10 October 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Defence   Nicolai Wammen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Culture
Minister for Culture and Church   Marianne Jelved 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Ministry of Taxation
Minister for Taxation   Morten Østergaard 3 February 20142 September 2014 Social Liberals
  Benny Engelbrecht 2 September 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education
Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education   Sofie Carsten Nielsen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
Minister for Business and Growth   Henrik Sass Larsen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs
Minister for the City, Housing and Rural Affairs  Carsten Hansen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Employment
Minister for Employment  Mette Frederiksen 3 February 201410 October 2014 Social Democrats
  Henrik Dam Kristensen 10 October 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Education
Minister for Education   Christine Antorini 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Social Affairs
Minister for Integration and Social Affairs   Manu Sareen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries   Dan Jørgensen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Climate and Energy
Minister for Climate and Energy  Rasmus Helveg Petersen 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Liberals
Ministry of Transport
Minister for Transport  Magnus Heunicke 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of Health
Minister for Health and Prevention   Nick Hækkerup 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Ministry of the Environment
Minister for the Environment   Kirsten Brosbøl 3 February 201428 June 2015 Social Democrats
Preceded by
Thorning-Schmidt I
Cabinet of Denmark
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Løkke Rasmussen II

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References

  1. "SF leaves government, Vilhelmsen steps down". The Copenhagen Post . 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  2. stm.dk (3 February 2014). "Regeringen Helle Thorning-Schmidt II".