Jorn Andersen

Denmark: crisis for the right despite strong Euro vote

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The big winner of the EU elections in Denmark was the right populist Danish People's Party. With 26.6 percent of the votes it became the biggest party and doubled its MEPs from two to four.

Surprisingly, the two centre-left government parties lost only a few votes and won 25.6 percent. Even more surprisingly, the left social democratic Socialist People's Party (SF) received 10.9 percent, down 5 percent. Until recently it had been part of the centre-left government for well over two years.

A warning from Denmark

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What would a Labour goverment under Ed Miliband be like? One indication comes from Denmark. As Jørn Andersen explains, the Social Democrat-led government was elected in 2011 amid hopes for a real change. But instead the new government has launched a series of attacks on workers

In September 2011 ten years of Liberal-Conservative government in Denmark came to an end. A new centre-left government took over, while the anti-capitalist Red-Green Alliance got its best result ever with 6.7 percent of the votes, leaping from four to 12 seats.

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