New political landscape takes shape in Denmark

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Denmark’s nationalists had their worst drubbing in Wednesday’s election, leading to a new political landscape with a left-leaning government led by the country’s youngest prime minister.

Mette Frederiksen, 41, who leads the Social Democrats, won the election after her political bloc promised more welfare paid for by higher taxes that will partly come from the financial industry.

She faces long talks to form a government but will be her country’s second female prime minister.

Frederiksen stands out in Social Democratic history for having agreed to tougher rules on foreign labour, although without stigmatising Muslims in the same way the nationalists have done.

The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party’s disastrous result means the centre-right coalition of prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has lost the parliamentary support it needed to stay in office.

The result suggests that voters have had enough of the ultra-hard line Danish People’s Party.

 

Via The Telegraph

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