EM Ireland: Danish General Election
On Wednesday, 05 June Denmark took to the polls for the second time in a fortnight. This time the Danish electorate chose a new Parliament or Folketing, as it’s known in Denmark.
Following a recent trend of the rise of centre-left wing parties in neighbouring countries Finland and Sweden, the Red Bloc were the big winners in Wednesday’s election. The Social Democrats topped the polls winning 26 per cent of the vote and 48 seats.
Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, is likely to now become Denmark’s youngest ever Prime Minister, aged just 41. In total, the Red Bloc has won 91 seats. Frederiksen has said she is seeking to form a single party minority government.
The Social Democrats, who sit alongside Ireland’s Labour party as part of the S&D group in the European Parliament, are supporters of an extensive welfare system, advocating for high taxes and high spending on public services. They have recently veered closer to the Danish People’s Party on the issue of immigration. It has been argued by many that this was to appeal to voters prior to Wednesday’s election. This stance could now lead to very difficult coalition negotiations as other left-wing parties have said they will not give Frederiksen any leeway on immigration policy.
Following the election results Prime Minister Rasmussen handed in his resignation to Queen Margarethe II. The Queen then invited Frederiksen to commence what many predict will be a difficult task of forming Denmark’s next government.