Maybe I ought to write something about the latest twists in Danish immigration policy – the only problem is that Danish politics these day more often than not makes me want to jump out of the window. It is probably a good thing that I live on the ground floor.
So… in other news:
On Sunday, voters in the city of Flensburg (or Flensborg, as it is called in Danish) elected a new mayor, and none other than Simon Faber of the SSW. This, as far as I can tell, is the first time a representative from the party of the Danish and Frisian minorities holds a political position this prominent.1
The election has some interesting aspects:
1. The Cities in Schleswig-Holstein elect their mayor (Oberbürgermeister) directly – but the turn-out was dismal. In the run-off election, only 23,3 percent of the electorate bothered to vote. In the first round turn-out was just as bad with 27 percent voting.
2. The question is if abstentions were equally distributed among “Danes” and “Germans”. Maybe the minority was more motivated to vote in the second round?
3. The two candidates in the run-off were supported by coalitions – Simon Faber by SSW and SPD while Elfi Heesch was supported by CDU and Die Grünen. Jörg Klose, the candidate supported by the largest group in the city council, WiF, only managed to attract 9 percent of the vote in the first round.
4. Actually, Faber narrowly edged out SPD’s candidate Thede Boysen in the first round.
5. Electorally, there have been some major upheavals in local politics in Flensburg recently: Both SPD and CDU have suffered major defeats in the last local elections – SPD twice: From 35 to 25 percent of the vote in 2003 and then again to 16 percent in 2008, while CDU went down like a lead balloon in 2008 from 37 to 20 percent of the vote.
All in all, it is probably not too surprising that somebody not attached to either SPD or CDU won the election this time even if I know too little about local politics in Flensburg to get the entire picture.
- Wikipedia tells us that Helmut Christensen – no relation – was acting OB in 1982-1983 [↩]