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Danish Finance Minister Acknowledges Impact of Tough Decisions on Election

Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen (Social Democrats) acknowledges that the responsibility for tough decisions in the government has affected the Social Democrats’ result in the EU election. According to Wammen, the party’s disappointing election result is partly due to decisions made by the government that have faced resistance from voters. “Responsibility weighs heavily,” stated the finance minister on TV 2 News. “We have made some decisions that some people have been unhappy with. It’s part of being in government. If you are in opposition, it is easier to present all sorts of solutions that don’t hurt anyone.” The Social Democrats received 15.6% of the votes and three seats in the EU election, which is a decrease of nearly six percentage points from 2019. The Socialist People’s Party (SF) exceeded the Social Democrats with 17.4% of the votes and also secured three seats.

The leader of the Moderate Party, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, has pointed out the necessity for a “revitalization” of the SVM project following the election result. “One is a bit naive if one does not take the election result seriously and acknowledge that the government has not performed particularly well overall. I think we need to take that seriously,” Løkke stated on election night. Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard (Social Democrats) has since stated that he does not see the EU election as a “referendum on the SVM government.” However, the government has also experienced a decline in national opinion polls. According to a recent survey by Voxmeter, the three government parties collectively stand at 34.1%, equivalent to 61 seats. This is a significant decrease from the parliamentary election, where the SVM parties together obtained 50.1% and 89 seats.

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