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Experienced Social Democrats and Liberals re-elected to EU Parliament

Experienced forces from the Social Democrats (Socialdemokratiet) and the Liberals (Venstre) re-elected to the EU Parliament

The Social Democrats and the Liberals have chosen to send familiar faces back to the EU Parliament for the next five years. After the completion of the vote count, it is clear that the Social Democrats’ Christel Schaldemose, Niels Fuglsang, and Marianne Vind will continue their work in Brussels. For the Liberals, it is Morten Løkkegaard and Asger Christensen who have been re-elected. In the election, the Social Democrats received 15.6 percent of the votes, while the Liberals achieved 14.7 percent. The biggest party in the election was the Socialist People’s Party (SF) with 17.4 percent of the votes. Morten Løkkegaard from the Liberals was the second-largest vote-getter in the election with 174,048 personal votes, surpassed only by SF’s Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, who received 178,438 votes. Christel Schaldemose from the Social Democrats followed closely with 142,198 personal votes.

Christel Schaldemose has been a part of the EU Parliament since 2006 and was the lead candidate for the first time in this election. Niels Fuglsang, elected in 2019, was in the spotlight during the campaign for his controversial statements that the costs of renovating low-energy homes could end up with the citizens themselves – a statement that both Schaldemose and the Social Democrats later distanced themselves from. Marianne Vind stepped in as a substitute for Jeppe Kofod, who became the Danish Foreign Minister.

The Social Democrats had their worst EU election ever and their worst election overall in over a hundred years. Christel Schaldemose expressed dissatisfaction with the result and promised to reflect on what went wrong and what can be improved in the future.

For the Liberals, Morten Løkkegaard has previously been a member of the EU Parliament from 2009 to 2014 and was re-elected in 2019. Asger Christensen also entered the Parliament in 2019 and is now continuing his work there. With the re-election of these experienced politicians, both the Social Democrats and the Liberals hope to strengthen their positions and influence in the EU Parliament over the next five years.

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