Danish government to curb immigration and freeze spending

Rasmussen’s Venstre party secures enough support from conservative-liberal block

New Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party: governing with just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters.

New Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party: governing with just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters.

 

Denmark’s new government, a one-party, centre-right, minority administration, has announced plans to tighten up asylum laws and freeze spending to balance the budget.

The centre-right Venstre party came third in the recent general election with 19.5 per cent, but leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen secured enough support from Denmark’s conservative-liberal block in parliament to oust the centre-left coalition government.

Mr Rasmussen, who served as Danish leader for two years until 2011, said: “We have the ambition of working broadly with parliament.”

With just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber, Mr Rasmussen has little choice.

Support

The Eurosceptic, socially conservative party refused to join the government after Venstre refused to back its social spending promises.

The DF also demanded a referendum on whether Denmark should remain in the EU and clear support for Britain’s EU reform demands.

Immigration

But he has refused to follow DF demands in relation to the EUand refuses to back British EU reform demands requiring treaty change.

On the contrary, he announced that Denmark would hold a referendum by year-end on its opt-outs on EU judicial policy.

Mr Rasmussen named Venstre veteran Claus Frederiksen as finance minister, a position he held in the last Rasmussen administration from 2009 to 2011.

Senior party official Kristian Jensen has been named foreign minister.