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Danish government plans are largely aspirational

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Subject

Denmark's new government.

Significance

On June 26, Denmark’s Social Democrats (SD) led by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen formed a single-party minority government with the support of the Social Liberals, the Socialist People’s Party and the Red-Green Alliance, its three allies in the centre-left 'red bloc'. The government's plans primarily focus on ambitious climate reform, welfare reform and a broad continuation of Denmark’s strict immigration policy.

Impacts

  • Immigration will remain a top electoral concern for decades, with the immigrant population forecast to grow faster than the national one.
  • In order to reclaim lost support, the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party (DPP) will need to adopt a pro-environmental policy.
  • Even if relations within the red bloc worsen, the parties that support the SD will be reluctant to collapse the government.
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