Some disjointed notes:
1. The European parties’ lead candidates (Messrs Schultz, Juncker et al) played no role in the Danish campaign. I am still trying to imagine the Dynamic Trio consisting of Bendt Bendtsen, Lars Barfoed and Jean-Claude Juncker, btw.
2. Much of the campaign was hijacked by issues which have very little to do with the powers of the European Parliament. That welfare and law and order are high on the national agenda is another matter, but the question remains if the parties were unable or unwilling to promote issues relevant to the Parliament.
3. My impression is that the “The European Patent Court is a very technical and complicated issue” angle won the campaign. So contrary to my earlier predictions, I will now guess that the referendum will not boost turn-out so we will be back to the 45-50% level. Low turn-out will be to the benefit of the yes-campaign.
4. Anti-EU parties of different orientations (People’s Movement, Danish People’s Party and Liberal Alliance) will win some 35% of the vote.
5. The fate of the Liberals is the remaining fascinating question: Did the scandal surrounding Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s personal economy thwart the Liberals’ chances of becoming the largest party and push it into third place instead? It looks so now. These elections could be the first European Parliament elections to have clear national repercussions (i.e. a change of party leader) and make history – even if it happens inadverdently.