What is the future of Denmark politically

Denmark voted and, unlike in other countries, there was no anger against the "system" and the "system parties". According to the polls, the big winners are the Social Democrats, and the big losers are the right-wing populist Danish People's Party DF.

So Denmark the island of the blessed in stormy times? Unfortunately, no. Because the recipe with which the established parties are again scaling down the People's Party is a dangerous one: They simply copy large parts of their agenda. They make the right superfluous by moving to the right even in foreigner and refugee policy. The right-wing populist Danish People's Party has pulled politics and society in the country far to the right over the past two decades without ever being in government. In Denmark today it is considered normal (for example the sending of some of the refugees to an uninhabited island), which would still be unthinkable elsewhere.

The defeat of the right-wing populists on Wednesday is actually the result of a great triumph: With their always narrow-minded, sometimes absurd and sometimes inhuman agenda, they infected everyone else and shaped Denmark to a certain extent in their own image.

The Social Democrats vowed to continue to cooperate with the Danish People's Party in the future

This is particularly evident in the example of the Social Democrats. They lost four of the last five elections, mostly because of the dominant issue of immigration and refugees. Under party leader Mette Frederiksen, in their desperation, they then did something that no social democratic party in Europe had dared to do so far: In the social sphere, they again emphasized left-wing approaches - but on the foreigner issue they made a strong turn to the right. This is of course mainly due to the realization that right-wing populists are trying to attract the same clientele in the workforce and among the potential losers from globalization. In the end, the Social Democrats supported the government's strictest legal restrictions on asylum and foreigners, and they vowed to continue to cooperate with the Danish People's Party in the future.

And they were rewarded for the balancing act: unlike the German Social Democrats, they were at least able to maintain their share of the vote compared to the last elections and thus become the strongest party. Frederiksen has long praised her way as a model - she calls on her European comrades to follow her. The price for this, however, is a high one: Frederiksen argues rationally with concern for the welfare state, but her party has not only given up some of its values ​​and humanity on the way to the right - it has also fallen into the trap of right-wing populists with both feet. Your new policy ultimately justifies the simple propaganda from the far right, which does not look to the unleashed forces of globally operating capital and the policies that support it, to blame for the deteriorating working and living conditions of the working class, but instead presents a simple scapegoat: the Immigrants. That is as cheap as it is effective - but a social democracy that takes this path will give up its core competency, and ultimately itself.