DENMARK’S Social Democrats won the parliamentary elections on Wednesday with just under 26% of the vote, writes Politicalite’s Senior European Correspondent, Byron Sanford.
Mette Frederiksen, who leads the Socialdemokratiet, campaigned on robust controls of non-EU migration, an increase in security, and a commitment to NATO.
This is contrary to the majority of social democratic parties in Europe. Most of which are weak on defence, crime, and migration.
Matteo Salvini’s ally in Denmark is the Danish People’s Party, which saw its support fall by more than half. Some say this as a rebuke of Salvini and Le Pen’s populism. In reality, this is a direct result of internal issues within, and the threat from parties from its right flank.
The real story of the night is The New RIght, led by Pernille Vermund, which has won four of the 179 seats in the Danish Parliament (Folketing). This is a historic breakthrough for the party, which has seen its support primarily come from both the Danish People’s Party and the Conservative People’s Party.
New Right has criticised the migration policies of the right-wing Danish People’s Party as being lenient on migration from Islamic countries. Additionally, New Right has called on the Danish government to unilaterally withdraw from the UN refugee convention and to deport migrants who are on benefits.
New Right has also distanced themselves from the People’s Party by emphasising a sensible economic policy which promotes free trade, as well as a call for the abolishment of all corporate taxes.
Euroscepticism is on the rise throughout Europe and is exemplified in New Right’s call for Denmark to leave the European Union. They see the EU as a threat to national sovereignty.
Hard Line is another party which is considered to be far-right. Hard Right narrowly fell short of the 2% threshold to enter the Folketing. Its leader is Rasmus Paluden, who campaigned on a ban on all Islamic migration, the mandatory repatriation of non-western migrants, and for Denmark’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Paulden’s extreme demos, which include burning Korans, have made him a household name while preventing his party from obtaining the necessary 2% to have elected representation in the Folketing.
Combined support for The New Right and for Hard Line was 4.2%. Most of these voters previously supported the People’s Party. This shows a trend in Europe, where voters have started to abandon political parties on the populist-right which they do not see as sufficiently radical.
Other examples of this include voters leaving Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, Hungarians deserting Jobbik, and some Flemish voters moving from New Flemish Alliance to Vlaams Belang.
Pernille Vermund and her New Right embody a polished image resembling that of Giorgia Meloni in Italy and Alice Weidel in Germany. Well spoken right-wing conservative nationalists with support among a small yet growing base of faithful adherents.
These female nationalist leaders are what many European sovereignists yearn for. Their support will only continue to grow if the European institutions fail to address the concerns of the common folk throughout Europe.