Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Danes reaffirm country's shift to the right

Danes Re-Elect Immigration Hardliner Rasmussen
By Stephen Brown and Per Bech Thomsen, Copenhagen (Reuters)

The tiny country of Denmark emulated the US elections when re-electing right of center Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for a second term, 54% to the left opposition's 46%. High in priorities were a crack down on immigration and tax reforms.

Danes started their shift from the long held left-politics domination in 2001 with the first election of Rasmussen. The PM is part of the "coalition of the coerced", as Kerry likes to call them, and has troops along side the US in Iraq. While polls show six out of ten Danes now wants the 500 trooops withdrawn, Rasmussen's reelection, and the loss of 4 more seats in the left-dominated parliment decry the issue topping the list of voter issues.

In a region of the world where Muslim immigration is booming, most Danes prefer stricter criteria for legal entry, and want to concentrate on assimilating the existing immigrant population into Danish culture and language. This is a task shared by The Netherlands, experiencing violent Islamic terrorists assaults. But the Danish hardline takes their immigration reforms a step further, with parents paying the penalty of deportation for the actions of their children.

The DPP, whose proposals include expelling immigrants whose children commit crimes, took two more seats.

"It shows immigration policy is on the right track and we are being rewarded for it," said DPP leader Pia Kjaersgaard.

Slowly but surely some European countries are awakening to the dangers of unchecked immigration, and the violent element that are seeking asylum in their borders.

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