Arne Melchior

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Arne Melchior (22 October 1924 – 24 September 2016) was a Danish politician of Jewish descent and supporter of Jewish causes. He was the son of Marcus Melchior.

Melchior was active in the Social Democratic Party but left this party in 1973 to co-found the Centre Democrats.

He was member of Danish Parliament during 1973-75 and again 1977-2001. He was minister of traffic in the Conservative Poul Schlüter coalition government from 1982-86, and Minister for Communication and Tourism in the Social Democratic Poul Nyrup Rasmussen coalition government from 1993-94.

He represented his party in parliament's Foreign Policy Committee 1994-2001, when he was forced to step down after having publicly defended Israel's use of moderate physical coercion on terror suspects. He later chose to leave the Centre Democratic Parliamentary group. The Centre Democrats lost their representation in parliament in the parliamentary election of 2001. The party was dissolved on 1 February 2008.

Melchior died on 24 September 2016, aged 91.[1]


1975-79, Melchior headed the Danish Zionist Federation.


  1. ^ Kristian Ruhe Thorsen & Ritzau (24 September 2016). Arne Melchior er død. TV2 News. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jens Kristian Hansen
Traffic Minister of Denmark
10 September 1982 – 14 August 1986
Succeeded by
Frode Nør Christensen
Preceded by
Office created
Minister for Communication and Tourism of Denmark
25 January 1993 – 28 January 1994
Succeeded by
Helge Mortensen