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« Reply #300 on: September 06, 2015, 01:05:37 pm »

So basially on Wednesday we will know everything.
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« Reply #301 on: September 06, 2015, 01:12:02 pm »

So basially on Wednesday we will know everything.

Yeah most likely, but we will already know more after tomorrow. If it is going smoothly when they have talked a day about the two hardest issues things will be okay. Home Rule are most likely to drop out over fishing quotas and the whole coalition to collapse over unionism, so if things are going okay with those two it will be a quartet.
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« Reply #302 on: September 06, 2015, 01:43:34 pm »

Once they announce they will have a coalition, they already have to disclose the names and position of each minister?
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« Reply #303 on: September 06, 2015, 02:10:51 pm »

Once they announce they will have a coalition, they already have to disclose the names and position of each minister?

No sure if they have to, but they will do it.
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« Reply #304 on: September 06, 2015, 05:03:27 pm »

do they proceed the same way in Denmark when they form a coalition?
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« Reply #305 on: September 06, 2015, 05:13:26 pm »

do they proceed the same way in Denmark when they form a coalition?

Not quite, the Speaker does not play the same role. Technically the Monarch is involved and we have dronningerunder "Queen rounds" where the party leaders says to the Queen, who they want to be the "Royal enquirer". In reality it is the outgoing PM, who advises the monarch on this since she is supposed to be apolitical. The Faroese could use a substitute for the monarch for this (a high ranking civil servant), but they use the Speaker for this role and so do the Greenlanders. And Danish governments always stays on as caretaker administrations until a new one is formed.
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« Reply #306 on: September 07, 2015, 09:04:59 am »

Any news around?

Btw, you mentioned that the leader of the Centre Party was a doctor in the Faroe Islands. I was wondering, do they keep their actual jobs while being MP or do they work exclusively as MP?
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« Reply #307 on: September 07, 2015, 09:11:08 am »

Any news around?

Btw, you mentioned that the leader of the Centre Party was a doctor in the Faroe Islands. I was wondering, do they keep their actual jobs while being MP or do they work exclusively as MP?

AKsel J. says they will finish during this week. One aspect that makes it harder is that a budget proposal will have to be presented at October 1 as the latest. SD prefers just to prolong the current one since there is so little time, but it seems the others might want some changes.

It varies whether they keep their jobs.
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« Reply #308 on: September 07, 2015, 09:32:29 am »

but beyond that, 4 mates coalition, apparently?
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« Reply #309 on: September 07, 2015, 09:39:41 am »

and what about the other issues: fishing cuotas, gay marriage....nothing said?
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« Reply #310 on: September 07, 2015, 09:40:14 am »

but beyond that, 4 mates coalition, apparently?

Apparently, but he has an interest in saying things are going well, so who knows.

and what about the other issues: fishing cuotas, gay marriage....nothing said?

No.
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« Reply #311 on: September 08, 2015, 04:34:42 am »

At some point during this week we will know a bit more I guess.
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« Reply #312 on: September 08, 2015, 05:59:36 am »
« Edited: September 08, 2015, 06:35:18 am by politicus »


At some point during this week we will know a bit more I guess.

Yeah, right now Faroese media are totally dominated by the Danish boat refugee situation, and I only found an article talking about that they might get a gender equal government for the first time because there are so many well qualified women in SD (Rigmor Dam, Ey­gunn Samuelsen) and Republic (Siri­ Stenberg, Kristina Hßfoss, Katrin Kallsberg, Annita ß FrÝ­riksm°rk) + Hanna Jensen from Progress.

Another matter is the distribution because they do not have many portfolios. KLJ started out with a 3-3-1-1 distribution and then simply closed the Ministry of the Interior (which incl. traffic, police (mostly union matter), municipalities and environment) and spread it out.

The current portfolios are:

PM
Deputy PM (always combined with something else)
Finance
Health
Culture (incl. education)   
Fishing
Business (incl. farming)
Social service (often merged into health)

Since it is a left wing dominated government they may reintroduce a separate Ministry of the Environment and I expect the Ministry of the Interior to reemerge, it was a bit weird closing it - H°jgaard could get it back, or Skorheim (but he is also Mayor, so I expect H°jgaard - if they keep the second seat). They might also reintroduce a Foreign Affairs ministry with all the separatists in this coalition. Republic leader H°gni Hoydal has had it before and I could see him wanting it back together with Deputy PM. I am fairly certain Katrin Kallsberg from Republic will get health. She is a gynecologist and chairman of the Board of Gender Equality and  almost too capable to waste. I expect Poul Michelsen from Progress to get either Business or Fishing, probably business. Unless he chooses to stay out and Hanna Jensen gets Culture (she is a high school teacher), but that is unlikely.


My guess:

SD:
PM Aksel V. Johannesen
Fishing one of the 3 Suduroy MPs (Hammer, Michelsen, Old - probably Michelsen)
Culture Rigmor Dam

Republic:
Deputy PM/Foreign Affairs H°gni Holdall
Finance Kristina Hßfoss (economist)
Health and Social Services Katrin Kallsberg (or Stenberg, she has seniority and got more votes)

Progress:
Business Poul Michelsen

Home Rule:
Interior Kari H°jgaard


Finance would likely go to Ey­gunn Samuelsen if SD gets it (but I think Republics position is too strong for that). She has been on the Finance Committee for years. Annita ß FrÝ­riksm°rk is a former Minister of Culture and would likely get that post again if Republic gets it.

I doubt there will be gender equality because the two small parties will appoint men and both Johannessen and Hoydal will be in + fishing is a male "prerogative". It was more likely in a three party coalition. But 5-3 sounds likely. Maybe 5-4 if they reintroduce Environment (could be combined with Energy/Oil).
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« Reply #313 on: September 08, 2015, 06:14:27 am »
« Edited: September 08, 2015, 07:26:05 am by politicus »

Well, if Poul Michelsen demands fishing to sort out the quota system Ey­gunn Samuelsen could get Business and it would be 4-4.

On second thought I think Siri­ Stenberg will get health. She is #2 on their list and that really matters up there (if you have experience). Samuelsen was #3 on the SD list and I think will try hard to find a spot for her.

Sonja J. is too unexperienced in politics to get into the government.


Revised guess:

SD:
PM Aksel V. Johannesen
Business Ey­gunn Samuelsen
Culture Rigmor Dam

Republic:
Deputy PM/Foreign Affairs H°gni Hoydal
Finance Kristina Hßfoss
Health and Social Services Siri­ Stenberg

Progress:
Fishing Poul Michelsen

Home Rule:
Interior Kari H°jgaard
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« Reply #314 on: September 08, 2015, 07:06:23 am »

But they are still negotiating?
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« Reply #315 on: September 08, 2015, 07:06:51 am »

It is just a negotiation on names now?
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« Reply #316 on: September 08, 2015, 07:29:44 am »

It is just a negotiation on names now?

No, far from it. But it is overshadowed in the Faroese media by the refugee crisis right now, so there are no news. Many Faroese have relatives in Denmark and the boat people (flˇttafˇlkum) situation is a big deal up there.
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« Reply #317 on: September 08, 2015, 07:39:37 am »

About the Syrian refugees? what is the relation with the Faroes? I am lost.
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« Reply #318 on: September 08, 2015, 07:52:19 am »

About the Syrian refugees? what is the relation with the Faroes? I am lost.

None directly, but Denmark suddenly being "invaded" like that is a big deal to them. We are not used to scenes like that in Scandinavia, it is not like in the Mediterranean where desperate refugees have been common for years and getting "normalized" in peoples mind.
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« Reply #319 on: September 08, 2015, 12:11:41 pm »

I understand. It is indeed a complicated situation all over Europe, and of humanitarian need.
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« Reply #320 on: September 08, 2015, 12:13:13 pm »

What is the Danish position about that? I mean the government.
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« Reply #321 on: September 08, 2015, 12:30:45 pm »

What is the Danish position about that? I mean the government.

They are trying to lay low and hope the refugees go to Sweden by themselves (which is where most of them want to go anyway). The DPP is trying to pressure them to "get tough" and reintroduce border control, which might ironically mean more refugees will get registered in Denmark.

But I would rather not talk about that in this thread. Lets wait and see if taking war refugees is part of the new Faroese government agreement - it might well be, there is lobbying from academics, media people, Red Cross etc.

(to other posters: no Danish refugee policy talk/comment here, pls)
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« Reply #322 on: September 08, 2015, 03:22:28 pm »

But how far can the Faroese go in this matter, separate from the Danish government? I mean, can the Faroese authorities do something different? I assume such foreign policy matter is in the hands of Denmark.
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« Reply #323 on: September 08, 2015, 03:28:12 pm »

But how far can the Faroese go in this matter, separate from the Danish government? I mean, can the Faroese authorities do something different? I assume such foreign policy matter is in the hands of Denmark.

Foreign policy is a "realm matter" (but one of the things SD wants Faroese control of), so they can't have their own refugee policy.

They can offer to take a share of either the Danish UN refugee quota or boat people coming to Denmark, and DK would of course gladly accept such an offer.
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« Reply #324 on: September 08, 2015, 04:58:59 pm »

Is there anything comparable to DF in Faroese politics?
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