Heard in Europe

The anti-EU and anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP) got a little help from a friend this week when Tory MEP Hannan visited Copenhagen to support them in the Danish general election campaign.

Hannan and the DPP hang out on a daily basis in the European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) group in the Parliament. It was Hannan who invited the far-right party to his group.

“They are our allies in the European Parliament. We also have ties to the Danish Conservative party, but formally it’s the Danish People’s Party we are the closest to,” Hannan told Jyllands-Posten.

Hannan came with a message ahead of tonight’s (18 June) election – the EU should be a bigger issue in the campaign.

“I agree with the DPP’s view of Europe. They were right in their criticism of the euro,” he said in an interview with Berlingske Tidende.

“Their analysis of the EU was right and they deserve recognition. One should listen to them when they talk about what is going on with the EU,” he continued.

Last week, the four right-wing opposition parties in Denmark agreed that if they win the general election today, the country will make changes to its otherwise pro-EU affairs agenda.

Instead, a new right-wing government will support British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for EU reform, particularly on migration and ‘benefits tourism’.

It’s now important for the Danish voters to know, Hannan said, that Europe will listen if the Brits and the Danes are allies when it comes to demanding new reforms in the EU.

“The euro crisis has made it clear how far the Brussels elite will go for this project to move on. Even if it means that millions with end up in poverty, they won’t admit that the common currency was a mistake.

“And we think that a new approach is needed where the power is decentralised and where decisions are made closer to the people. These are not extreme demands, but moderate things we’re asking for,” Hannan said.

Whether the Danes will welcome a Brit sticking his nose into their general election, is another matter.

Heard in Europe knows of at least one Dane who thinks Hannan’s intervention might have the reverse effect to that intended…

Photo courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Flickr. Published under Creative Commons licence.

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  1. The last thing we need in genreral is any help from the UK. Danish interests are quite different than those of the UK. We do not wish to impede other EU countries from strengthening their cooperation. We do agree, however, that the EU should not become a social union

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