We are entering the final months of the 2011-2015 electoral term and as things stand, it looks like Denmark may be in for its longest parliamentary term ever with the exception of the 1939-1943 parliament. One obvious reason for the longevity of the 2011 Folketing is that prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt given the continuing weak performance of the government and the left-wing in opinion polls hasn’t seen any strategic advantages in calling an early election.
In a way, Thorning’s predicament in 2015 mirrors Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s in 2011: The unloved coalition partner is facing a decline in support and while her own party has been recovering during 2015, the chances of the government surviving the election are slim.
Anyway, I have been careless enough to promise Baltic Worlds an overview of the political situation and the electoral campaign and I have a historical survey of Danish politics from 1960 to today which needs a brush-up, so in the coming weeks I’ll attempt to write some notes about Danish politics since 2011, the state of the individual parties and possible outcomes of the election.
The posts will be tagged Election2015