The agreement between the pink triangle – the government’s Venstre party, Dansk Folkeparti and Socialdemokraterne – has shown us that the three largest parties in Parliament can work together.
However, not everyone’s happy, and disappointment was expressed by Enhedslisten, Socialistisk Folkeparti, Radikale, Liberal Alliance, Alternativet and Konservative, who were all in waiting to help form a majority – at a price.
A sign of realism
Interestingly, Socialdemokraterne leader Mette Frederiksen has declared an unwillingness to join forces with Dansk Folkeparti.
She has expressed a firm inclination to make deals with the government rather than be an outside influence if multi-party agreements are to be negotiated. This may also be a sign of realism – the next general election is four years away, and that is a long time in opposition with no alternative majority in sight.
All parties are now also aware that they are in for an unprecedented challenge in the handling of migrants and refugees, who will come to Denmark in their tens of thousands as a result of EU measures to deal with the misery of the ongoing crisis.
Winter is approaching and millions are sitting in tents in Turkey. Before they can return home, the political situation in Syria has to be dealt with. With the Russians in the air and possibly on the ground, it seems that the situation there is making progress, but that does not mean it will be over anytime soon.
Most pressing issue
In Denmark, no other political question – health, defence, security or the environment – is on everyone’s minds as much as the incoming migrants who will need to be placed all over the country.
All the politicians are nervous because a populist movement like in Sweden can, at any time, sweep away their followers and make room for extremists who are less likely to be Muslim-terrorists and more likely to be Danes of indeterminate origin taking an extreme xenophobic stance.
Scandinavia’s deadly wolves
Right-wing terrorists of this type have already popped up in Norway – with Breivik – and recently in Sweden as well.
These people – who tend to be lone wolves and unorganised – are hard to identify before they go berserk. Being generally introverted, they tend to come out of nowhere – often after a social media post detailing their manifesto that no-one takes seriously until it’s too late.
A race to the bottom
Meanwhile, the minister for integration, Inger Støjberg, is continuing to come up with austerity measures to make life difficult for foreigners – even people we would like to invite to stay permanently.
It is a race to the bottom as thousands of people, wishing to reside in a civilised country before they return home, are increasingly discouraged by demands for better skills in Danish than even native Danes have!
We can only hope the pink triangle focuses on meeting the challenge and are not distracted by the details in the political melting pot.