Uffe Ellemann-Jensen


July 5, 2022

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen (born 1 November 1941 in Haarby on Funen, died 18 June 2022) was a Danish politician. He was chairman of the Liberal Party from 1984 to 1998, and foreign minister in Poul Schlüter's government from 1982 to 1993.


Early life and work

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen was the son of Edith Ellemann Johannessen and editor Jens Peter Jensen. and in the 1960s editor-in-chief for first Dagbladet Børsen and then Fyns Tidende; he was also a member of the Folketing for Venstre from 1964 to 1990 at certain intervals. Ellemann-Jensen became a student from Birkerød State School in 1960. Template: Sfnp He was then conscriptedTemplate: Sfnp and became first lieutenant of the reserve at the Crown Artillery Regiment. at the University of Copenhagen in 1962. Template: Sfnp At the same time, from 1962 to 1964 he was a part-time employee of the Defense Staff, through which he had a home at Kastellet and financed his family and his studies. Template: Sfnp In 1963 he married for the first time Hanne Jonsen, with whom he had the children Claus in 1966 and Karen Ellemann in 1969. His marriage to Hanne ended in 1971, and on 19 June the same year he married the journalist Alice Vestergaard at Gladsaxe Town Hall. , Template: Sfnp that he had met after he in 1970 had become an economic-political employee at DR's TV-Aktualitetsavdeling. Template: Sfnp Vestergaard had a daughter Helene (born 1967) from a previous marriage, and Ellemann-Jensen adopted her. With Vestergaard, he had his son Jakob Ellemann-Jensen in 1973, who would later become chairman of the Liberal Party. Ellemann-Jensen worked from 1967 as a journalist for Berlingske Aftenavis. In 1969 he became a cand.polit from the University of Copenhagen, and then he worked from 1970 at DR as an economic-political employee and TV host.Mal: Sfnp In March 1975 he became editor-in-chief of Dagbladet Børsen; however, he was fired in September 1976 due to dissatisfaction with his management style and the changes to the ethical house agreement that Ellemann-Jensen had made. Template: Sfnp

Political career

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen became a member of the Folketing in 1977 for the Liberal Party, elected in Aarhus County. He was the party's national chairman 1984-1998 and president of the European Liberal Party ELDR 1994-2000. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in Poul Schlüter's first, second, third and fourth governments in 1982-93. In 1992, Uffe Ellemann-Jensen together with his German colleague, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, took the initiative to create the Baltic Sea Council (CBSS) and EuroFaculty. Uffe Ellemann-Jensen resigned as party chairman and thus resigned as prime minister. , as he did not succeed in leading the Liberal Party to an election victory in the parliamentary elections in 1998. He resigned from the Folketing in the elections in 2001. In 1998, he co-founded the Baltic Development Forum, whose chairman then became. He became chairman of the Foreign Policy Society in 1996. He was chairman of the Danish Center for International Studies and Human Rights 2004-08, and he became adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School in 2007. He has been a board member / chairman of a number of Danish and international boards. In 2011, he was briefly Danish export ambassador for India, but the post was closed down after the change of government in the autumn of 2011.


Ellemann-Jensen stated in February 2006 that Jyllands-Posten should not have published the much-discussed Muhammad cartoons. He later stated that Jyllands-Posten's editor-in-chief Carsten Juste should resign. Prizes and awards (selection)


Ellemann-Jensen, Uffe (2017). As a magazine this autumn - My life after politics. Lindhardt and Ringhof. ISBN 978-87-11-89712-6. Rüdiger, Mogens (2020). On edge. A portrait of the politician Uffe Ellemann-Jensen. HISTORY OF EGMONT. ISBN 978-87-26-33106-6.


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