Europe

Danish farming, environment minister resigns, crisis averted

Denmark's farming and environment minister has resigned, seemingly averting the minority government's worst crisis since it took office eight months ago.

Eva Kjer Hansen resigned Saturday after the Conservative party, a right-leaning government ally, insisted it lacked confidence in her.

Kjer Hansen had been accused by the Social-Democratic-led opposition and environmental groups of misleading Parliament about the environmental impact of a law allowing farmers to use more fertilizers.

The Conservatives, who hold six of the 179 seats in Parliament, could jeopardize the existence of Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen's one-party government if it joined the opposition in supporting a no-confidence vote on Wednesday.