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Publicly-backed, privately unsure: are DF ready to govern?

Almost a week after the blue bloc’s election victory, Denmark’s PM in waiting, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, still doesn’t have the keys to the office.

Is the party with the somewhat chequered past now ready to govern? (Photo: News Øresund – Johan Wessman © News Øresund)
June 25th, 2015 12:15 pm| by Alexandra Pedersen

A poll published by Berlingske on Monday showed that six out of ten Danes want Dansk Folkeparti to be part of the new blue government following its surprise success in last week’s general election.

The right-wing party got more votes and mandates than Venstre, the party of Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the prime minister in waiting, who is currently trying to form a government.

The participants in the poll, however, did say DF would need to loosen up on some of the promises they made during the election about what they want from a new government.

Pressure increasing
Throughout the election campaign, DF’s leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl said he wasn’t interested in being part of the government, but after becoming the biggest blue party, the pressure is increasing.

While he has stated it is “unlikely that we will be part of the government” and that he wants a Venstre “minority government”, he has also said DF is prepared to compromise.

For the two parties to form a government, they will need to resolve conflicting policies on public sector spending, immigration and the EU.

“I can always make the decision to leave, if we don’t get everything through that we want,” he said.

“But I’m not sure that is the smartest decision. If you get 90 percent of what you want, it might be a good idea to stay. It is that balance we have to consider: would we then really get more out of leaving and having to defend our views for the next three to four years.”

Nothing certain yet
At the time of going to press on Wednesday, Rasmussen had not made any confirmations about the make-up of the new government. It has been reported that it might be a minority government made up of Venstre MPs alone, or a one that includes DF.

It is Rasmussen’s right to form a government because he has been authorised to so do by the other blue party leaders: Konservative, Liberal Alliance and DF.
By Wednesday, he had already paid two visits to the queen and is clearly undecided about DF’s role.

During the 1988 election, it took four visits before the then prime minister, Poul Schlüter, was able to reach an agreement.

DF’s potential ministers
Ekstra Bladet’s political commentator, Hans Engell, has been brave enough to assess which DF’ers might be capable of holding down ministerial positions.

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Finance minister – DF’s leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl is an “obvious pick”. It would be a blow for Ventre is they have to give up this post, but it might be the “price they have to pay”.

Peter_Skaarup

Justice minister – Peter Skaarup has for years been “bragging” how none of the justice ministers have been as educated as him. Now he might get the chance to “prove himself”.

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Social minister –
DF vice chairman would be “perfect” for this position due to his public profile.

Housing minister -  DF has participated in many big decisions regarding the housing market, and DF’s “young man”, Martin Henriksen, is “a good bet”.
Housing minister – DF has participated in many big decisions regarding the housing market, and DF’s “young man”, Martin Henriksen, is “a good bet”.

Transport minister -  Carl Christian Ebbesen, the first ever DF deputy mayor in Copenhagen who “needs to be included”, could be a candidate.

Transport minister – Carl Christian Ebbesen, the first ever DF deputy mayor in Copenhagen who “needs to be included”, could be a candidate.

Environment minister -  Alex Ahrendtsen, DF’s cultural spokesperson at the moment, is a “very capable speaker” and could end up in charge of the Environment Minstry.

Environment minister – Alex Ahrendtsen, DF’s cultural spokesperson at the moment, is a “very capable speaker” and could end up in charge of the Environment Minstry.

Equality, church and Nordic co-operation minister -  Karin Nødgaard is one of the “stronger female characters” in DF and should be able to achieve many DF goals in this post.

Equality, church and Nordic co-operation minister – Karin Nødgaard is one of the “stronger female characters” in DF and should be able to achieve many DF goals in this post.

DF FACTS


Immigration policies
“The number of Muslims should be limited”
“Burkas should be prohibited”
“Danish should be the only language spoken in the primary schools”
“Immigrants should speak Danish in their home”
“Education in English should be banned”
“All asylum-seekers should be DNA-registered”
“Head scarves should be prohibited in primary schools”
“All institutions should serve pork to children”
“At least half of the music played by DR should be Danish”
“Immigrants should sign a declaration stating that they will respect human rights”

(Source: DF vice chairman Peter Skaarup, speaking to Politiken)

DF’s key policies
Immigration policies – It should be a requirement that immigrants from non-EU countries take an education, work, learn Danish and contribute to the welfare system. They must adhere to both Danish laws and fundamental values, such as equality, democracy and freedom of speech.

Social policies – There should be continuing improving conditions for the elderly, handicapped and sick, as well as for other vulnerable groups in the community.

Health policies – The public healthcare system being the best in the world should be a requirement, not just a goal. There shouldn’t be a waiting list for any hospitals in Denmark, and more attention needs to be paid to research in cancer.

Animal Welfare – Animal cruelty should receive higher punishments, and there should be more laws covering animal welfare, no matter what the EU says.

Legal policies – Quicker justice and longer sentences. No-one should feel unsafe walking at night. There should be more help and support for victims.

Border control – Physical borders between Germany and southern Denmark, and on other routes. DF argues that the crime rate has steadily soared since the borders opened in 2001.

EU – Denmark shouldn’t risk its sovereignty through any EU co-operation. Danish laws and decisions should always be prioritised above EU laws.

(Source: danskfolkeparti.dk)

Immigration in numbers
The number of non-Western immigrants in Denmark in 2014 is 5.5 times higher than in the 1980s.

Since the ‘80s, Western immigration has increased by 127 percent, which means that there are now 111,928 more Westerners in Denmark.

Out of the Danish population, which is around 5.63 million, 8.5 percents are immigrants and 2.7 percent are the descendants of immigrants.

In 2014, Denmark received 14,792 asylum-seekers and granted asylum to 6,104 of them.

There were 12,307 applications for family reunification in 2014, of which 5,727 were granted permission.