Denmark has elected its first female prime minister. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, won a narrow victory against her far-right opponent and the slim majority left-center ‘Red Bloc’ is expected to loosen strict reforms enacted in 10 years of far-right majority rule.
Not at stake is the Danish acceptance of strong social welfare through high taxes. The parliamentary party differences lie in the protection and implementation of financing the system during uncertain global economic times.
The Guardian UK reports, “Analysts said that in a society that prizes consensus, major changes in key policy areas were unlikely. But with economic stagnation and a rising budget deficit dominating the campaign, the outgoing government promised spending cuts while Thorning-Schmidt argued for more investment in education, welfare, and infrastructure.