Morten Bødskov, a member of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s Social Democrats, was forced to step down on Tuesday (10 December) after losing the support of one of the Social Democrats’ coalition partners, the leftist Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten).Bødskov admitted lying to parliament about his involvement in the cancellation of a trip by the parliament’s legal committee to Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of Copenhagen, in February. The head of the Danish domestic intelligence service, Jakob Scharf, has admitted asking his officers illegally to check the calendar of Pia Kjærsgaard, a founder of the far-right Danish People’s Party, in order to schedule the visit for a date when she would be unable to attend. Kjærsgaard was keen to take part in the visit, but Scharf was concerned about such a controversial politician, who has special police protection, travelling to a symbol of the counter-culture in Denmark (trade in cannabis was tolerated there by the authorities until 2004). Scharf has since resigned.Bødskov and Scharf explained that intelligence sources had warned them of the security risk involved in Kjærsgaard travelling to Christiania, but said that the intelligence was so sensitive that it could not be shared with the legal committee or Kjærsgaard. Bødskov had been justice minister since 2011.