Macron won – now Europe must be strengthened

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For the next five years, Emmanuel Macron will lead one of the most important EU countries after a successful re-election as President. It is a victory for us who believe that we in Europe share a common destiny and that we need to strengthen European cooperation.

For Macron, more than any other head of state, he has tried to give new energy to the debate on the Europe of the future, which unfortunately often withers away and dies in everyday political conversation. It’s a tragedy.

The Russian aggression on Ukraine has shown that we in Europe need each other. We need a strong Europe that is not just willing to talk about the values ​​that bind us together; human rights, the rule of law and democracy, but who also stand up when the very same values ​​are attacked.

Europe faces enormous challenges. Not just Russia’s progress in the east, and a China that is showing more aggressive behavior, but also the insurmountable challenges that the climate crisis is already posing. If those challenges are to be solved, it will require a united Europe. From the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron will be able to push for the next five years to reform Europe, so that we become even stronger in a world marked by upheaval. One can only hope that it succeeded – both for the sake of France and Europe.

Laurits Lindegaard, International Executive Committee Member, Radical Youth

Artwork and person

When Morten Hesseldahl (April 22) and at the same time with grief finds that the poet was a Nazi, one must just remind him that HB, according to Arne Hardi’s new historical book »Pibende hængsler« first joined the ugly party in 1942 (which is bad enough, as the world war at this time raged wildly everywhere), but he could not have been a true arch-Nazi – and the well-known children’s songs must have been written long before “the cursed years” and the foolish enrollment in the Danish Nazi party.

Why do people at all think that people express their innermost thoughts and feelings through art? It is an amateurish delusion that underlies Hesseldahl’s critical comment – namely, that artists tilt their souls out or hand over their innermost privacy for public viewing; as if we could not care less about it.

Ulrik Jensen, Copenhagen

Police protection

It’s awful what’s going on in Sweden. The police are considered an enemy in a very special way.

I wonder why the police are being sent out at all to protect Rasmus Paludan? Do you have the right to be protected, no matter what you want to demonstrate against?

If it was at his own risk, he was burning Korans, then there would probably not be all that trouble, because then he probably would not dare to do it at all, and the police could have time and peace for their actual work.

Then, however, free the police from the ungrateful task!

Karen Jensen, Charlottenlund

Energy plan

Piet Hein once wrote “Ideology is a substitute for thinking”.

When you look at the government’s energy plan, you are convinced that he was right.

Investing in electricity and district heating is sensible enough, but obtaining electricity by patching Denmark with wind turbines and solar cells, located in outlying areas where the electricity grid is not dimensioned for it, is a blow to the lid. It will provide electricity as the wind blows and the sun shines and wind turbines and solar cells do not produce district heating, one still has to keep the old power plants running.

Instead, build some nuclear power plants where the electricity grid is ready to distribute the electricity and there are customers for the waste heat. It will provide a secure cheap and CO₂-neutral energy supply. They could be built in Skærbæk, Kyndby, Aalborg and Avedøre.

Worn-out turbine blades can, as far as I know, become a major environmental problem if it is true that they cannot be reused but must be disposed of by burial.

Willy Flygenring, Fredensborg

Heat pumps

A reader points out that a heat pump “must be good” to get economy in a conversion from electric heating or gas heating, and these are heat pumps in general, in that you get both three, four and up to five times more heat energy out of them than the equivalent heat that an electric radiator would give off for the same kWh.

The efficiency depends on the temperature to which the outdoor unit is exposed; but down to about minus 20 degrees is the balance on the side of the heat pump, ie. always for example geothermal heating systems. So by letting the electricity draw a heat pump instead of an electric radiator, the power is geared up 200-500 percent. In fact, all gas should go to electricity production, and all heating should be done via heat pumps.

Hasse Greiner, Bjæverskov

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