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Die Wahlen zum dänischen Folketing vom 18. Juni 2015: knapper bürgerlicher Sieg bei erdrutschartigen Wählerwanderungen

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  • Christoph Arndt
The 2015 election to the Danish Folketing saw yet another change of government as the centre-left minority government led by the social democratic Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt lost its majority to the centre-right camp, which obtained a single-seat majority. Despite the narrow majority of the centre-right camp, the election also saw a political landslide since the liberal-conservative Venstre lost its position as largest party to the social democrats after losing more than seven percent of the votes. The national-conservative Danish People’s Party became the second largest party after gaining almost nine percentage points. The social liberals and socialists, the former coalition partners of the social democrats, more than halved with the election. The 2015 election was thus the election with the highest net volatility and voter migration since the earthquake election of 1973. The new Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen from the liberal-conservative Venstre is now confronted with various challenges since he was not able to build a coalition with other centre-right parties. The third largest party is therefore governing alone as single party minority government with a single-seat majority for the centre-right camp.
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fuer Parlamentsfragen
Volume47
Issue4
Pages (from-to)771-782
Number of pages12
ISSN0340-1758
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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