Denmark’s grand coalition government has potentially misled parliament to push through a deal to purchase billions in arms from Israel. The deal marks a high point in Danish-Israeli relations and is a sign that the Left has been marginalized on foreign policy.
Lukas Slothuus is a fellow at the London School of Economics and holds a PhD in political theory from the University of Edinburgh.
Social Democratic prime minister Mette Frederiksen has called on the Danish right to join her government and end her reliance on the Red-Green Alliance. The center-left in Denmark is rejecting socialism and embracing allies of big business instead.
In an attempt to win votes, Denmark’s major parties have mainstreamed far-right ideas and stoked a reactionary political climate in the country. The result: right-wing extremists have been emboldened to terrorize minorities and attack cultural symbols of the Left.
For decades, Denmark’s Social Democrats have preached compromises between capital and labor to share out the proceeds of growth. What they can’t explain is how come today workers are getting less and less.