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Question: Will Iceland and Norway ever join the EU?
Iceland, but not Norway   -14 (13.2%)
Norway, but not Iceland   -10 (9.4%)
Both   -30 (28.3%)
None of them   -52 (49.1%)
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« Reply #850 on: February 27, 2016, 09:32:59 am »
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The Danish political structure seems like, utterly unworkable at the moment. Neither the red or blue blocs make much cohesive sense - I still think we could see a grand cooperation between two of DPP, SD and Venstre is in the cards after the next election.
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« Reply #851 on: February 28, 2016, 04:27:48 pm »
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The Danish political structure seems like, utterly unworkable at the moment. Neither the red or blue blocs make much cohesive sense - I still think we could see a grand cooperation between two of DPP, SD and Venstre is in the cards after the next election.

I doubt it will happen, through DPP-Venstre coalition are the most likely. SD and Venstre will not enter a grand coalition again short of national emergency, until either everybody who remember the SV goverment are dead or if Venstre complete change into another party. SD and DPP are also unlikely to enter a coalition at this point. DPP need to prove themselves first to be more than populists. But what can happen is a SD one party government, which closely cooperate with DPP.
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« Reply #852 on: February 29, 2016, 07:11:50 am »
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Farmer-son to calm agricultural tensions - MEP called home as Minister for Higher Education and Science

The PM has announced how he will replace the recently resigned Minister for Environment and Food Eva Kjer Hansen. Esben Lunde Larsen, a farmer-son from Western Jutland, who has been Minister for Higher Education and Science until now becomes Minister for Environment and Food while the Liberals´ now only MEP, Ulla Tørnæs, will come back to become Minister for Higher Education and Science. Tørnæs has previously been Minister for Education and Minister for Foreign Aid. Morten Løkkegaard will return to the European Parliament to replace her there; and he will in turn be replaced by one of my least liked Liberals, Jakob Engel-Schmidt, as an MP.

Lunde Larsen is generally regarded as a talented young (37) politician, but his first months have been plagued by accusations of plagiarizing, primarily himself, in his Ph.D. and attacks due to his strong Christian faith. Additionally, he has been in charge of plans to cut university spending, which has led to predictable outrage from especially student organizations, which are well-trained in arranging protests. Tørnæs also has strong links to agriculture as she is married to a pig farmer. She is experienced, but not very charismatic. She failed in her attempt to become mayor in Holstebro after the 2013 local elections, and led a less than impressive campaign as lead candidate for the Liberals in the 2014 European elections.

Lunde Larsen has been a big proponent of the new agricultural package, so there will certainly not be a new line. When the agricultural package was adopted, he wrote "It is amazing that we for the first time in decades have had a break with the environmental tyranny, which Danish agriculture has been subject to by the political and the enviromentalorganizational left wing. It is a good day for Denmark, agriculture and the environment". This is not neccessarily a problem, the agricultural package was just accepted by a majority in Parliament, but if the Conservatives become even more bullish on their green branding, then there might be problems like with Kjer Hansen, although he will probably be more careful to keep better relations with the other spokepersons.
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« Reply #853 on: March 16, 2016, 07:36:00 am »
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Who should be the next Liberal leader?

A poll by Norstat for Altinget shows that deputy leader and Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen is not the most popular choice to succeed Lars Løkke Rasmussen as Liberal leader. Only 17 % of the Liberal voters preferred him, while 34 % wants Group Leader Søren Gade and 28 % Minister of Immigration Inger Støjberg. 6 % prefers Minister of Justice Søren Pind. Løkke has not made any comments signalling that he will resign, but his low personal approval ratings and the Liberals' poor polling numbers make the question float around. This was intensified after Jensen's recent comments that his goal is to become leader, even if it requires an contested election, unlike the last two times where the deputy leader have become leaders without a contest.

Jensen could perhaps have become leader in 2014, where a new range of scandals and a terrible EP election results plagued Løkke Rasmussen. Parts of the party was ready to remove him, but at the last second he and Jensen stroke a deal to keep the peace and involve Jensen more in the leadership of the party. Before that deal, there had been a dramatic course of events with strong rumours that Løkke would resign, but then support Gade in a contested election against Jensen.

Gade is a staunch Løkke supporter, and would be seen as a straight continuation of his line, but he has stronger approval ratings, and is from Western Jutland, down to earth and therefore seen to be more in line with the party members. He would fit very well with the current political line in the Liberals with moving state jobs away from Copenhagen, more emphasis on agriculture than environment, and more options to build attractions close to the coasts. Unsurprisingly, he is therefore least favoured by the Alternative voters, but generally the most popular. 25 % of all voters see him as the best successor.

Støjberg is currently Minister of Immigration, and personifies the tough line on that question. However, she is often more focused on emotion that substance in explaining her policy choices, and I think many in the parliamentary group would be afraid to see her in a wide-ranging policy debate one-on-one with the Social Democrat leader. She is the preferred successor among DPP-voters.

Jensen is also from Western Jutland, but is seen as a more pro-European, pro-Internationalist person than Gade. However, his pious life-style and his activities in local sports clubs still gives him a folksier vibe than Løkke and his expenses scandals, but his Foreign Minister role and pro-EU stances might blur this kind of appeal. After his last minute pull-out from the battle versus Løkke in 2014, many see him as not strong enough to be the leader. However, with his current position as deputy leader and his decision not to throw the party into further chaos in 2014, I still see him as the frontrunner. Best liked among Red-Green, Alternative and SPP voters, however, which tells a bit about why he might not be the perfect match to the Liberal members. The left-wingers probably hope that he will be a bit less tough on migration, refugees etc, but I wouldn't expect any significant change there.

Pind was one of the young liberal lions who were shut out during Fogh's reign, but was promoted once Løkke became leader. He is quite tough on crime as Minister of Justice, which has made him rather popular. However, he has a somewhat weird personality and strikes a strange note a bit too often. I think too many would see him as too big of a risk to take.

My preferred choice would probably be Jensen, and then hopefully Sophie Løhde as the new Deputy Leader, but I could easily live with Gade as well.
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« Reply #854 on: March 19, 2016, 12:32:35 pm »
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Finland gained a new political party this week, as the National Whiskey Party was added to the party register after gathering the necessary 5,000 signatures.

The Whiskey Party originally profiled itself as an opponent of restrictive alcohol policies. Specifically it was inspired by a case in 2014, when the state officials prohibited a whiskey expo from using the word "whiskey" in its name, because Finnish law does not allow the advertisement of hard alcohol in public.

However, right after succeeding in getting registered status, the Whiskey Party is considering changing its name, admitting that "the name is a deliberate marketing gimmick". The party says that it "opposes all unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and state nannying", and that "Liberal Party" is one possibility for a new name.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/whiskey_party_gathers_needed_signatures_whiskey_was_offered/8753786
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« Reply #855 on: March 20, 2016, 02:03:41 pm »
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A poor ally of the Polish Beer Lovers Party! (RIP)
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« Reply #856 on: April 18, 2016, 06:58:59 am »
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An image to illustrate the Social Democrat strategy for winning back power in Denmark; win back voters from DPP and Liberals by adopting a very tough line on immigration and justice policies, but being perceived as more competent and economically fair. The right-turn on immigration will cause voters to leave the party to join those red bloc parties with a laxer migration policy, which will not hurt the bloc.
The numbers are percentage of the total electorate. Numbers are from Gallup and Altinget.dk

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« Reply #857 on: April 24, 2016, 02:58:15 pm »
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It is now no longer only voters which leave the Social Democrats to join the Alternative. In the first defection of this parliament, the Social Democrat MP Pernille Schnoor joins the Alternative. She believes that the Social Democrats are no longer humanistic enough in refugee and immigration questions and denounces the party's former Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon's comments about making Denmark a so-called competition state instead of a welfare state. The 49-year old Schnoor was very much a quiet backbencher; she didn't even have any spokesperson roles. This is her first term in parliament; previously she taught brand ethos and marketing management at Copenhagen Business School.
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« Reply #858 on: April 25, 2016, 10:51:30 am »
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It is now no longer only voters which leave the Social Democrats to join the Alternative. In the first defection of this parliament, the Social Democrat MP Pernille Schnoor joins the Alternative. She believes that the Social Democrats are no longer humanistic enough in refugee and immigration questions and denounces the party's former Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon's comments about making Denmark a so-called competition state instead of a welfare state. The 49-year old Schnoor was very much a quiet backbencher; she didn't even have any spokesperson roles. This is her first term in parliament; previously she taught brand ethos and marketing management at Copenhagen Business School.

Maybe she should have come to this conclusion a little earlier, the competition state was not something which came after last election, it was there already before she was elected. 
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