Coalitions paired at the ballot box in Denmark for the early vote on 1 November: 14 parties will compete for the 179 seats in parliament, with the ‘Social Democrats’ leading in the polls (26%), but with the centre-left bloc paired with the centre-right (main party: the Liberals), due to the decline of allies. For the first time, the four representatives of the two autonomous territories, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, could prove decisive in obtaining a majority. On the rise are the Moderates of former Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who could act as kingmaker between the two blocs (or as glue in the case of a grand coalition), while the populists of the ‘Danish People’s Party’ are in vertical collapse, standing at 2-3% compared to 8.7% in 2019 and 21% in 2015: their warhorse, anti-immigrant rhetoric, was crippled by the choices of all other parties, which embraced decidedly restrictive policies, such as the controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The debate was dominated by the issues common to Europe after the invasion of Ukraine: security and defence, as well as the energy crisis and inflation.
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