Land of Rasmussens


Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

A friend remarked the other day that the solution to most public policy problems seems to be “be more like Denmark.”

Hopefully, then, Anders Fogh Rasmussen who just stepped down as Prime Minister of Denmark in order to become NATO’s top civilian official will be able to do something useful with the mighty-but-listing military alliance. Interestingly, part of the Danish genius seems to be to only let guys named “Rasmussen” run the country. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen led a center-left coalition from 1993 to 2001, and now heads the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament. Then led several A.F. Rasmussen-led center-right coalitions, and power was handed off to Lars Løkke Rasmussen.