The Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and her party Socialdemokraterne have kicked off their campaign for the election later this year with a new slogans including ”Tougher asylum rules and more demands for immigrants” and ”If you come to Denmark, you must work”.
But across the Øresund Sound in Malmö, the left-orientated party Vänsterpartiet has blasted the approach and used it to come up with its own slogan, welcoming immigrants to Malmö.
“On the other side of the Sound, the Danish Social Democrats are going to the election with a racist campaign in which they blame immigrants for the problems of society,” Vänsterpartiet Malmø wrote on Facebook.
“Venstre Malmø distances itself from the development and supports our [Danish] sister party Enhedslisten and its fight against racism in our neighbouring country. Here, we continue our battle for an open and anti-racist Malmö.”
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Thorning-Schmidt's campaign has also been criticised in Denmark.
Opposition parties Venstre and Dansk Folkeparti described the campaign as “voter fraud”, even though the parties admitted that the slogan fit well with their own party ideologies.