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Rise of anti-immigration party changes Danish outlook

The rise of Denmark’s anti-immigration party could have repercussions across Europe, according to Brunel’s Martin Hansen.

The Eurosceptic Danish People’s Party (DPP) became the second largest party in the country’s recent general election – and has been identified as a potential ally of David Cameron’s in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s European Union membership.

Dr Hansen, who was interviewed by the BBC’s World News service this week, said the future of the Danish government was still unknown because anything could happen under the influence of the DPP rise.

He added that, whatever the outcome of the recent election, Denmark’s political parties would have to recognise the position of the DPP and work with the party in the future, something that could contribute to a change in the political balance of Europe.