|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
28 November 2016 – 27 June 2019
|Prime Minister||Lars Løkke Rasmussen|
|Preceded by||Kristian Jensen|
|Succeeded by||Jeppe Kofod|
|Leader of Liberal Alliance|
5 January 2009 – 6 June 2019
|Preceded by||Naser Khader|
|Succeeded by||Alex Vanopslagh|
|President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe|
15 November 2017 – 18 May 2018
|Preceded by||Lubomír Zaorálek|
|Succeeded by||Marija Pejčinović Burić|
|Born||1 August 1967|
|Political party||Liberal Alliance|
|Alma mater||Aarhus 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. From 1994 to 1998, he was a consultant and section manager at the College for the Deaf, Castberggård
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.
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, 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. In response, Rasmussen reshuffled his cabinet to have the Liberal Alliance join the government and take the leadership of six ministries.
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. 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.
Following his party's poor results at the 2019 general election, Samuelsen was publicly accused of nepotism by fellow party member Henrik Dahl. Due to Samuelsen failing at getting reelected, he resigned as party leader on 6 June 2019.