|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
28 November 2016
|Prime Minister||Lars Løkke Rasmussen|
|Preceded by||Kristian Jensen|
1 August 1967 |
|Political party||Liberal Alliance|
|Alma mater||Aarhus University|
Education and early career
- 1993: Master's degree in political science from Aarhus University
- Employed by Ministry of Finance
- 1994-1998: Consultant and section manager at the College for the Deaf, Castberggård
- 1998-2004: Loose association with same college
- 1998-2004: Member of the Folketing
- Since 2003: President of Civil Protection Association
Member of the European Parliament, 2004–2007
From 2004 until 2007, Samuelsen was a Member of the European Parliament sitting on the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets. As member of the European Parliament, he was a substitute for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the Delegation for relations with Iran and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China.
Career in Danish politics
Samuelsen is a former member of Det Radikale Venstre, and was a Member of the Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He left this party on 7 May 2007, becema one of the three founding members of the Liberal Alliance and was elected to the Danish parliament for Liberal Alliance in the 2007 election.
By late 2016, Samuelsen threatened to bring down the government of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen because of disagreements over tax cuts, immigration and welfare policies. In September 2016, he announced that his party was ready to file a motion of no confidence if Rasmussen failed to cut the top rate of income tax by 5 percentage points in the 2017 budget. In response, Rasmussen reshuffled his cabinet to have the Liberal Alliance join the government and take the leadership of six ministries.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2016–present
Under Samuelsen's leadership, the government won parliamentry approval in January 2017 to deploy up to 60 special forces to fight Islamic State in Syria as part of the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve. The government later committed to sending an additional 55 soldiers to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan; the decision was made to boost security efforts after a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy in September 2017.
- 2017 : Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- "Liberal Alliance". Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- Annabella Pultz Nielsen (September 19, 2016), Denmark edges closer to snap election as parties feud over tax cuts Reuters.
- Annabella Pultz Nielsen (November 28, 2016), Danish PM names new coalition ministers, reducing risk of snap poll Reuters.
- Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen (October 2, 2017), Denmark says deploying special forces to Syria against Islamic State Reuters.
- Julie Astrid Thomsen (October 2, 2017), Denmark to send 55 soldiers to Kabul after deadly attack on convoy Reuters.
- Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
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