Danish PM suggests coalition with main opposition to avoid political chaos

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen voiced readiness on Thursday to form a governing coalition with the Social Democrats after the June 5 election to help curb the influence of smaller, more extreme parties. Given that Rasmussen’s centre-right Liberal Party is trailing in pre-election polls, however, he might have to hand responsibility for forming a new government to Social Democratic leader Mette Frederiksen following the vote. Rasmussen’s minority government has been relying on support from the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party (DF) to pass laws, and has presided over a toughening of laws to curb immigration into the Nordic welfare state as a result.

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