Politiken.dk: Opposition well ahead in Denmark –bad news for anti-immigration DPP party

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Comment: The most revealing news about the poll by Politiken and TV2 of Denmark is that the days of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) appear to be coming to an end as a powerful anti-immigration voice in the country. The DPP has played a key role in Danish politics since 2001 by supporting governments consisting of the Liberals and Conservatives. In exchange for the DPP’s support, the government has offered to pass tougher anti-immigration laws. 

Denmark has today one of the strictest immigration laws in the EU.

As the poll shows, the tide is turning against the rhetoric and hardline stance of the anti-immigration DPP. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen vowed to voters that if  the Liberals and Conservatives got re-elected to government, the DPP would not form part of the new cabinet.

The DPP is a good example of the possible fate of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party. Anti-immigration rhetoric has its limits politically, even if it has helped keep some far-right parties like the DPP in power for a number of years.

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With widespread rumours that the prime minister will be calling an election next week, the latest Megafon opinion poll for Politiken and TV2 puts the opposition alliance firmly ahead.

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  1. Method

    “Denmark has today one of the strictest immigration laws in the EU. ”

    Could this be the reason? These parties that go hard on immigration would logically lose votes when they reach their goals. That’s the problem of parties who have only one pull going for them.

    The people that think: “I’m ok with this situation” will move to vote something else, maybe even the party they used to vote.

    The PS election win was a slap in the face for these ruler parties. They’ll think twice in the future and PS will bleed voters if the EU situation is better and the immigration policies especially about asylum seekers is changed.

    I mean nobody gives a f*ck about some “socio-christian” society BS.

  2. Mika

    DPP will not win the election (and no one expects them to) there may be a change from first to second but no one expects the DPP at this moment to move from third to second DPP are not in a collation now and look what that have achieved. So why would they want to be in one anyway when a strong third place will still given them enough political power to hold the government to ransom

    Everyone knows that if Timo does stand for election in the presidential election he will at worse will take third place which still shows a party moving forward which shows that PS are still needed especially when we have the EU who wont admit they got it wrong with the Euro. So you are getting your hopes up if you think PS will run out of steam any time soon

  3. Mika

    Why do you carry the though that all populist parties are just anti immigration and nothing else. If you focused more time on their anti EU stance then you would see that with the EUs planed European super state the failure of the Euro theses current two factors has created a growing opposition to the EU which will give the populist parties political power for the time we still have the EU.

    Your blog seems to suggest that without anti immigration polices there would not be a PS or other populist parties . But was not PS landslide victory due to opposition to the EU rather than anti immigration rhetoric, in your mind you see PS as a one policy party which is anti immigration. But the reality of their election victory shows that it was a separate issue all together so to focus on just their anti immigration views and not their opposition to the EU you are not getting a accurate idea of their political lifespan. All polls show that PS could win the next election because of the state of the Euro and I do not see immigration involved in that issue.

  4. Allan

    Oh dear me – looks like the Dutch are pulling their head out, without any populism.
    http://www.hudson-ny.org/2219/netherlands-abandons-multiculturalism

    A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”

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