The news that the party board of the Red-Green Alliance has accepted the party’s agreement with the government over the 2012 budget is hardly surprising but still significant in a Danish context.
The thing is that the parties in the Danish parliament cover the ideological distance from nationalists/populists to (more or less) post-communists. During the last decade budgets were passed following agreements between the Liberal-Conservative government and the Danish People’s Party and this meant that the DF was – in Sartorian terms – a party with coalition potential even if it chose to stay out of government.
With the RGA actively supporting the government we will have the same situation on the left side of the political spectrum – obviously the Red-Greens (just like the DF) will be a long way from joining a Danish government and they will still compete with SF and the Social Democrats for voters – in fact: The competition on the left may be fiercer than on the right – but the party effectively will be judged on its coalition potential.
In terms of integrating different political traditions, the Danish political system has quite a high rate of success.