Anders Samuelsen
Informal meeting of ministers for foreign affairs (Gymnich). Arrivals Anders Samuelsen (36685969800) (cropped).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
28 November 2016 – 27 June 2019
Prime MinisterLars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded byKristian Jensen
Succeeded byJeppe Kofod
Leader of Liberal Alliance
In office
5 January 2009 – 6 June 2019
Preceded byNaser Khader
Succeeded byAlex Vanopslagh
President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
In office
15 November 2017 – 18 May 2018
Preceded byLubomír Zaorálek
Succeeded byMarija Pejčinović Burić
Personal details
Born (1967-08-01) 1 August 1967 (age 54)
Horsens, Denmark
Political partyLiberal Alliance
Alma materAarhus University

Anders Samuelsen (born 1 August 1967 in Horsens, Denmark) is a Danish former politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2019, member of the Folketing from 2007 to 2011 and as leader of the Liberal Alliance party from 2009 to 2019.

In 1993, Samuelsen got a master's degree in political science from Aarhus University.[1] From 1994 to 1998, he was a consultant and section manager at the College for the Deaf, Castberggård[1]

Political career

European Parliament

From 2004 until 2007, Samuelsen was a Member of the European Parliament sitting on the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets. As member of the European Parliament, he was a substitute for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a member of the Delegation for relations with Iran and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China.

Career in Danish politics

Samuelsen is a former member of the Danish Social Liberal Party, and was a Member of the Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He left this party on 7 May 2007,[2] became one of the three founding members of the Liberal Alliance and was elected to the Danish parliament for Liberal Alliance in the 2007 election.

By late 2016, Samuelsen threatened to bring down the government of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen because of disagreements over tax cuts, immigration and welfare policies. In September 2016, he announced that his party was ready to file a motion of no confidence if Rasmussen failed to cut the top rate of income tax by 5 percentage points in the 2017 budget.[3] In response, Rasmussen reshuffled his cabinet to have the Liberal Alliance join the government and take the leadership of six ministries.[4]

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Anders Samuelsen and Volodymyr Groysman in Kyiv, 2018
Anders Samuelsen and Volodymyr Groysman in Kyiv, 2018

Under Samuelsen's leadership, the government won parliamentary approval in January 2017 to deploy up to 60 special forces to fight Islamic State in Syria as part of the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve.[5] The government later committed to sending an additional 55 soldiers to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan; the decision was made to boost security efforts after a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy in September 2017.[6]

Following his party's poor results at the 2019 general election, Samuelsen was publicly accused of nepotism by fellow party member Henrik Dahl.[7] Due to Samuelsen failing at getting reelected, he resigned as party leader on 6 June 2019.[8]

Other activities

See also


  1. ^ a b Biography on the website of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget)
  2. ^ "Liberal Alliance". Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  3. ^ Annabella Pultz Nielsen (September 19, 2016), Denmark edges closer to snap election as parties feud over tax cuts Reuters.
  4. ^ Annabella Pultz Nielsen (November 28, 2016), Danish PM names new coalition ministers, reducing risk of snap poll Reuters.
  5. ^ Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen (October 2, 2017), Denmark says deploying special forces to Syria against Islamic State Reuters.
  6. ^ Julie Astrid Thomsen (October 2, 2017), Denmark to send 55 soldiers to Kabul after deadly attack on convoy Reuters.
  7. ^ "Partifælle i frontalangreb på Anders Samuelsen: 'Det har været fuldstændig gennemsyret af nepotisme'". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  8. ^ "Anders Samuelsen trækker sig som leder af Liberal Alliance efter katastrofevalg". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  9. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Political offices Preceded byKristian Jensen Minister for Foreign Affairs 2016—2019 Succeeded byJeppe Kofod Preceded byNaser Khader Leader of the Liberal Alliance 2009—2019 Succeeded byAlex Vanopslagh