Far-right takes victory in Danish European elections

by The Daily Lede

Far-right takes victory in Danish European elections

  • Danish People’s party won nearly 27% of the vote and has doubled its number of MEPs

The far-right Danish People’s party (DPP) triumphed in the European elections, winning Denmark‘s biggest share of the vote as EU-sceptic parties from across the Nordic countries gained further ground in the European parliament.

The DPP, which had campaigned to reclaim border controls and curb benefits to other EU citizens living in Denmark, won nearly 27% of the vote and doubled its number of MEPs from two to four.

Denmark’s centre-right opposition party Venstre, its leader dogged by an expenses scandal in recent weeks, was one of the big losers, dropping one of its seats and heading for its worst EU election result in 25 years.

“I see it as a clear indication that the Danes want the EU back on track,” said Morten Messerschmidt, the DPP’s leading candidate. “Around Europe we are some democratic, civilised but EU critical parties – such as the Danish People’s Party, such as the British Conservatives and others – who now try to steer back EU to what it is all about, to find a solution to trade, environment and energy challenges we have across borders, but not an EU that’s going to interfere in everything.”