Denmark: another European government in crisis

The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF) is now running ahead of the governing Social Democrats (SD) in the latest opinion polls in Denmark, as reported this week in the Financial Times.

Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, with her husband and father-in-law Neil Kinnock

The DF stands at 17.4% in the poll, with the SD – led by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, daughter in law of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock – on 17.2%.  Ms Thorning-Schmidt took office in 2011 at the head of a coalition government but has been criticised by her own party for pursuing austerity policies similar to the UK’s Tory led coalition.

Danish voters are likely to be further disappointed even in the DF, since although they are anti-immigration they are an ideologically amorphous populist party, posing no real challenge to the failed political elites of Europe.

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