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A “coalition government” 


In an interview, prime minister Mette Frederiksen, said that she is open to the idea of a “coalition government” between red and blue parties for the next four year period. 

  • The current situation of a “one-party government” in which the social democrats rule with the support of the other red parties is not on the table, because one of the red parties, Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) is against it. 
  • The prime-minister felt that the collaboration with two blue parties (Venstre – Liberals, Conservatives) and two red parties (Radikale Venstre, SF – Socialists) that gave the agreement on defense and the removal of the opt-out on European defense cooperation was a good experience of an effective “red-blue coalition”. 

Reactions to the “coalition government” idea

  • Venstre: The party leader, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, said that the idea is interesting, but he doesn’t believe that Mette Frederiksen actually wants it. However, Venstre will not accept to join a government led by Mette Frederiksen. 
  • Konservative: The party leader, Søren Pape Poulsen, said “thank you, but no thank you”. They believe that Mette’s idea is only to divert attention from the conclusions of the “Mink Commission” that will come out later this month. 
  • Enhedslisten: The party leader, Mai Villadsen, is very worried about the idea of a “red-blue coalition government” as it means further cuts into the welfare spending and regression in the climate transition. 
  • SF: The party leader, Pia Olsen Dyhr, says it’s a thought experiment and that nothing is impossible. 
  • Moderaterne: The party leader, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, would be happy to join such a government. 
  • Radikale Venstre: The party leader, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, is enthusiastic about the idea of a “red-blue government”. They have lobbied for such an idea for months now. 

What does history say? 

  • A red-blue government happened only twice in the democratic history of Denmark. 
  • 1978, a Social Democrat – Liberal government that lasted one year. 
  • 1993, a Social Democrat – Social Liberal – Christian Democrat government that lasted one year and a half. 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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