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Far left triples vote in Danish council elections

by Paul McGarr
Issue No. 2382

Local council election results in Denmark showed a surge in support for the far left Unity List (EL). Also known as the Red-Green Alliance, EL includes members of the Socialist Worker Party’s sister organisation the International Socialists.

EL’s vote tripled to almost 7 percent nationally. In the capital Copenhagen it won 20 percent of votes to become the second biggest party with 11 councillors.

The vote reflects anger at the way the country’s government—a coalition led by the Labour-type Social Democrats—has pursued policies of austerity and scapegoating.

Many workers are furious with the government for its assault on unions, including a month-long lockout of teachers.  

The big loser was the Socialist People’s Party (SF), a junior coalition party to the left of the Social Democrats. 

It had done well in previous polls, but failed to hold the coalition to a left course. Its vote collapsed from 15 percent to less than 6 percent. The right wing Danish People’s Party scored 10 percent,while whipping up racism. EL now faces a choice. Will it focus on elections and council chamber manoeuvres or on boosting struggles?

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Tue 3 Dec 2013, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2382
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