Analysis

Denmark will hold two elections in 2019 – for the European Parliament (EP) on 26 May and a national election which must be held before June 2019. The EP election will be seen as a secondary election compared to the national one where a minority Social Democrat government could replace the current Liberal governing coalition.

The voter turnout during EP-elections in Denmark is above the EU average  (56,3% in 2014) but still very low compared to local and national elections. According to Eurobarometer, the Danes believe that immigration, terrorism and climate changes are our greatest challenges at an EU-level.

The 2019 EP elections will see two new parties: the Red-Green Alliance and The Alternative. They are both represented in the Danish parliament. The Alternative nominated MP, Rasmus Nordqvist, as leading candidate and Red-Green Alliance nominated MP, Nikolaj Villumsen.

The government party, Liberal Alliance, were not elected in 2014 but are running in 2019. They have nominated their Minister for Culture, Mette Bock, as leading candidate and will elect the remaining candidates in January 2019.

If Great Britain leaves the EU before the next election as planned, Denmark will gain an additional seat.

Latest polls (and projected number of seats) 

Social Democrats – 22.4%  (19,1) – likely get 4 seats

Liberal Party  – 19.1% (16,7) – 3 seats

Danish People’s Party – 15.9%  (29,6) 2 seats

Red-Green Alliance 8.6%  (-)  1 seat

The Danish Social Liberal Party – 6,8% (6,5)  1 seat

People’s Movement against the EU – 6,3% (8,1)  1 seat

Socialist People’s Party – 6.9%  (10,9)  1 seat

Liberal Alliance – 4,0% (2,9)  0 seats

Conservative People’s Party 5,4% – (9,1)  1 seat

The Alternative – 3.9% (-)  0 seats

 

The list of candidates can be found on the website of the EP’s office in Denmark

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/denmark/da/om-ep/kandidater-til-eu-valget-2019

EPP (1 MEPs)

Det Konservative Folkeparti/ Conservative People’s Party (1 MEP) • Bendt Bendtsen MEP is…

S&D (3 MEPs)

Socialdemokraterne/ Social Democrats • Jeppe Kofod: running as lead candidate • Christel…

ECR (3 MEPs)

In February the Danish Peoples Party elected MP Peter Kofod  as leading candidate, and…

ALDE (3 MEPs)

the government party, Liberal Alliance, have nominated their Minister for Culture, Mette…

GUE (1 MEPs)

Folkebevægelsen mod EU/ People’s Movement against the EU • Rina Ronja Kari (running)…

GREENS (1 MEPs)

Socialist People’s Party (Greens) has officially elected their candidates. Margrethe…

Other (1 MEPs)

Rikke Karlsson ( not running) Rikke Karlsson was elected in 2014 for Danish People’s…

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