Political Round-Up: Red and blue blocks hang level with kingmakers waiting in the wings

Political Round-Up: Red and blue blocks hang level with kingmakers waiting in the wings

The Red Bloc and the Blue Bloc are in the polls with 47.9 and 47.8 percent of the vote, according to the latest Epinion poll.

Admittedly, the odds for Mette Frederiksen remaining prime minister after the next election have been extended to 5/6 by prominent bookmaker William Hill.

Conservative leader Søren Pape Poulsen has been shortened to 9/4 to replace her, while Venstre chairman Jakob Ellemann-Jensen remains roughly the same in the bet on 11/4.

Potential kingmakers galore
Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the new party Moderates, has still not announced who he will support with his party’s 3.1 percent of the vote.

Inger Støjberg’s new party Danmarksdemokraterne (10.8) could also throw a curveball, just like Radikale (5.8).

Denmark’s largest printing companies have again confirmed that there is a great demand for posters given the possibility of a general election in the autumn

Vegan party all the way to sea after the Greens and the Alternative refuse a merger offer
The Greens and the Alternative have rejected an offer from the Vegan Party to merge their parties and call themselves the Green Alliance. The latest opinion polls indicate that the Vegan Party would only win 0.3 percent of the vote in a general election, the Greens 1.6 percent and the Alternative 1.0 percent. More than 2.0 percent is needed to achieve representation in the Folketing. Party leader Henrik Vindfeldt admits that the party’s name “could seem exclusionary” to others. In September 2020, the Vegan Party quickly collected the 20,000+ voter declarations needed to participate in a general election, but since then support has declined and the party has suffered from prolonged internal conflict.

Former minister wants his seat back
Christian Friis Bach, former minister in Radikale, has announced that he intends to run for the Folketing at the next election in the Hjørring constituency. Bach was development minister from 2011 to 2013 under Helle Thorning-Schmidt. In recent years, he has concentrated on running the company Warfair, which imports goods from conflict areas.

Mette’s pension gold continues to deliver
Since 1 August 2021, it has been possible to apply for the right to an early retirement pension via borger.dk. As of 30 June, the authorities can confirm that 53,300 people in Denmark have applied and 39,900 have been approved. The scheme, which many consider to be one of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s greatest triumphs in office, enables people in physically demanding jobs to retire three years earlier than usual – i.e. from the age of 61.

Source: The Nordic Page

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