Danish PM, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, rhetorically uses the word "democracy" where it actually concerns "free speech". Tariq Ramadan or José Manuel Barroso could not have said it better. Thorning-Schmidt tells the media to limit hate speech - under which criticism of Islam and the EU is categorized - and expresses the wish for new demands on how we debate to avoid hurting peoples' feelings. Thorning-Schmidt is - maybe not surprisingly - said to be a candidate to become the next European Commissioner for External Relations.
"Social media such as Facebook and Twitter have created new and far better opportunities to expand the public debate.
But the new of type of debate also has a democratic reverse side with ridicule, intimidation and bullying, warns Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Social Democrats) in her Constitution speech.