COPENHAGEN/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A policy impasse in Sweden and a newly installed but fragile minority government in Denmark are the latest signs that the Nordic political consensus model is fraying at the hands of eurosceptic and anti-immigration parties.
Danish Liberals leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen was forced to form a minority government with just 34 seats of 179 in parliament after failing to strike a coalition deal with the eurosceptic Danish People’s Party (DF) over the weekend.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A wave of euroskepticism spreading across Europe reached Denmark on Friday, with the party cast as kingmaker after elections standing by demands for a referendum on EU membership as its price for joining a coalition government.
The Danish People’s Party (DF) surged to become the largest party in a center-right bloc in Thursday’s parliamentary ballot, when voters dumped a center-left coalition.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish voters ousted Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in an election on Thursday and handed power to an opposition centre-right alliance including huge gains for a eurosceptic, anti-immigrant party.
Opposition leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he would try to form a government but is likely to have to make big concessions to ensure support from the right-wing Danish Peoples’ Party (DF), which ended up with more votes than his Liberal Party.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – An opposition centre-right alliance led by former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen was poised to take power in Denmark after an election on Thursday that also gave a big boost to an anti-immigration, right-wing party.
With all of the votes counted on the mainland, state broadcaster DR projected 90 seats for the opposition coalition in parliament to 85 seats for the ruling centre-left bloc of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who wrongly gambled that an economic upturn would win her re-election.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – An opposition centre-right alliance led by former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen took a narrow lead in an election on Thursday, according to exit polls, but the outcome may yet hinge on voters in former colonies of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt gambled in calling an early election, hoping to capitalise on an economic upturn after unpopular reforms and charges of broken promises since she took power as Denmark’s first female premier in 2011.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danes voted on Thursday in a cliff-hanger election, where an opposition center alliance is seeking to oust Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is gambling that an economic revival will secure her a new term.
Denmark’s first female premier, Thorning-Schmidt heads a center alliance that has drawn level in the polls with the opposition in recent weeks. It had trailed because of unpopular reforms and charges of broken promises since taking power in 2011.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danes vote on Thursday on whether to keep Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in power after unpopular belt-tightening reforms that eventually bore economic recovery or to elect center-right rivals who promise tax breaks.
Denmark’s first female premier, Thorning-Schmidt hopes people will forget broken promises after the last election and instead bask in a growing economy. But her bloc of parties is neck and neck with the opposition led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
BORNHOLM, Denmark (Reuters) – Dressed in a denim shirt and black jeans, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt cracked jokes and took selfies with supporters on the island of Bornholm, just days before a June 18 election that could end her political career.
It was an unusual performance for the 48-year-old premier, famed for her expensive tastes which earned her the moniker ‘Gucci Helle’ and rather formal, rigid style of speaking.
TONDER, Denmark (Reuters) – Recalling how a group of refugees once threatened his life if he did not retract a police statement, Frank Pedersen is angry about the increasing number of immigrants in Denmark.
They are, he says, running riot in Tonder, the small town on the border with Germany where he lives with his wife and small child and works at the local Jobcentre.
REYKJAVIK, June 8 (Reuters) – Iceland said on Monday it
would impose a 39 percent tax on creditors wanting to take
assets reclaimed from its failed banks out of the country, a
first step to lifting capital controls that have been in place
since its 2008 crash.
The government hopes the tax will prevent a sudden exodus of
capital that could crush the crown currency and hurt the economy
as it recovers from the spectacular collapse of the North
Atlantic island’s bloated banking sector seven years ago.