Danish Liberals Attempt to Form a Minority Government

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Denmark’s centre-right Liberals will try to form a minority government this week despite suffering their worst election result in 25 years, while the right-wing eurosceptic Danish People’s Party (DF) said it was still in the coalition talks.

The centre-right bloc won a slim majority in last Thursday’s parliamentary election, defeating the Social Democrat-led government of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

The DF is the second biggest party in the new parliament after the Social Democrats but has so far expressed no interest in leading the coalition talks.

Four-party talks involving the pro-European Union Liberals, the DF and two smaller centre-right parties collapsed over the weekend, raising the prospect of a weak minority government led by Liberal leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

“My conclusion is that it is not possible to establish a majority government,” Rasmussen said on Sunday after two days of talks, adding that he expected to ask Queen Margrethe on Monday for a mandate to form a minority government.

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