Experts & Staff

Lykke Friis

ECFR co-chair
Director of the Danish Think Tank Europa

Biography

Lykke Friis is Director of the Danish Think Tank Europa, focusing on European Affairs. She currently also serves as Chair of the board of House of Energy and is President of the Danish Cancer Society. Furthermore, she is on the Board of the Rockwool Foundation and Team Denmark. Friis is former Prorector for Education at the University of Copenhagen, former Minister of Climate and Energy, as well as former Minister for Gender Equality. She has held close to twenty honorary offices, including Member of the EU Reflection group appointed by the European Council. Friis holds a PhD in international politics from the University of Copenhagen.

Difficult allies: Denmark, social democrats, and the German election

One should not expect members of Europe’s political families to automatically cheer for one another. Copenhagen may find that implementing its European policy will become more difficult if the Social Democratic Party’s Olaf Scholz becomes German chancellor.

Reinventing Europe: Denmark caught between ‘ins’ and ‘outs’

As part of the ’Reinventing Europe' project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states over the crisis and the future direction of Europe. In the tenth of the series Lykke Friis and Jonas Parello-Plesner analyse the situation in Denmark.  

How to extend Burma’s Spring

The EU is due to decide on Monday whether to lift sanctions against Burma. Instead of lifting all sanctions the EU should follow a gradual approach and focus on targeted assistance and an ambitious social-responsibility framework for European companies.  

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Difficult allies: Denmark, social democrats, and the German election

One should not expect members of Europe’s political families to automatically cheer for one another. Copenhagen may find that implementing its European policy will become more difficult if the Social Democratic Party’s Olaf Scholz becomes German chancellor.

Reinventing Europe: Denmark caught between ‘ins’ and ‘outs’

As part of the ’Reinventing Europe' project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states over the crisis and the future direction of Europe. In the tenth of the series Lykke Friis and Jonas Parello-Plesner analyse the situation in Denmark.  

How to extend Burma’s Spring

The EU is due to decide on Monday whether to lift sanctions against Burma. Instead of lifting all sanctions the EU should follow a gradual approach and focus on targeted assistance and an ambitious social-responsibility framework for European companies.  

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