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Election 2015: Cracks appear in governing coalition

DANISH NEWS - Disagreements between the coalition parties threatens to scare voters away

With less than a week to go until election day, major cracks are appearing in the government coalition. According to Berlingske commentator Thomas Larsen and Seven59, the Social Democrats and Social Liberals are too interested in promoting their own political agenda than joining together in the fight for re-election.

After Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon announced that the Social Democrats are ready to make an across-the-aisle deal with the opposition party Liberals (Venstre) on a new property tax freeze, brushing aside the Social Liberals (Radikale) who have suggested that taxes should follow wage increases.

“The Social Democrats appear intent on trampling over their partner for the past four years,” Mr. Larsen observed.

Losing Common Ground

Immigration is another bone of contention between the two partners. Social Liberal leader Morten Østergaard stated yesterday that the government has eased the demands on new arrivals 45 times, much to the annoyance of the Social Democrats who are battling with the Liberals and Danish People’s Party about which party is toughest on immigration.

“The two coalition partners are sending out two different messages about an issue that means a lot to voters. Unless they find some common ground it’s going to make re-election very difficult,” the analyst Thomas Larsen said.

Read the original article (in Danish) here.

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