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  1. avatar Erik

    Kjærsgaard seems to me to be a clever political leader with a special skill for divide and conquer-tactics. But I wonder how clever it is to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sverigedemokraterna. SD is after all a party with it’s roots in post-WW2 fascism. SD have more in common with the neo-fascists in Italy than with Kjærsgaards own wright-wing populistic party. What does it mean that SD has been vetted? It is hard for a party to just cut off their roots, as is rather evident with the Swedish Left party, which many voters feels are old communists whatever the party representatives tries to say.

  2. avatar

    I would expect that DF has made quite a lot of effort to make sure that there wouldn’t be any nazi- or fascist-like propaganda appearing in the campaign. DF has also held out until 1) Åkesson’s line looked to have won in the party organisation and 2) sd looked set to enter the Riksdag.

  3. avatar Norwegian Guy

    There is of course an even larger right-wing populist party in Norway than in Denmark. I guess the Sweden Democrats would have loved to have Siv Jensen visit them, but I don’t think the Progress Party would want to be associated with them, given that they like to keep Pia Kjærsgaard at arm’s length too.

  4. avatar

    The relationships between populist (etc.) parties are often very fascinating. I recall, that FPÖ once rejected a visit from a DF delegation with the argument that DF was to extremist. Most Danes, even including people who hate DF, were … a bit surprised by that argument.

  5. avatar Nick

    A surprising Danish intervention indeed. Your reflections about motives are probably reasonably accurate.

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