Danish opposition parties split over tougher immigration policies

Mette Frederiksen, the leader of the Danish Social Democrats, has severed the party’s long-standing ties with the Social Liberals over irreconcilable differences on immigration policy. 

Frederiksen said late last week that she was forming a closer bond with the Danish People’s Party, who have talked about taking Denmark out of the Schengen agreement and massively reducing the number of migrants and asylum seekers in the country.

The Social Democrat leader, who stands a very good chance of becoming Denmark’s next Prime Minister, said that “the differences have become too big” with the Social Liberals and that she intends to align her party more “in line with the view of Danes on immigration” and vowed to  “continue on that route.”

Frederiksen said that if she defeats Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen she would try and form a one-party-government, without the Social Liberals – something which would be astonishing in a country normally run by coalitions.

She did say, however, that she would welcome the support of the DPP in Parliament.

The leader of the Danish People’s party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl, welcomed her change of heart on immigration policy but said that for now, he would continue to back Rasmussen.

He didn’t rule out forming a coalition with Frederiksen in the future.

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