Yes, now the PM, Lars Løkke, has ensured he can sit in his chair for at least one more year. - But at a very
high prize for one of the coalition parties! Liberal Alliance. They just haven't realized it yet...
Well, I won't shed a tear seeing that party going into a complete meltdown. A more apt name for that party would IMO be Selfish Alliance.
But at least the biggest, shall we say, empathy-challenged person in that party, Joachim B Olsen, didn't get a post.
- Perhaps he was thought too inept or more likely the opposition and the support party, the Danish People's Party, would have crucified him at the first opportunity and otherwise refused to co-operate with the government.
The government now holds 53 seats and they need 90 seats to accomplish anything and that means they are totally dependent on the largest opposition party, the Social Democrats or the largest "right wing" support party, the Danish People's Party. That'll cost! - Especially since these two parties basically share more or less the same views on a large number of key issues. (*)
But the PM can remain in his chair for a little while yet - and that is all that matters...
Because had he called a general election now (because he really doesn't have a majority for the politic he wish to pursue) he would have been history, both as a PM and as a party leader and that would, at best, have meant oblivion in the EU-Parliament with the other has-beens.
One noticable minister today, is Thyra Frank. who has become Minister for the Elderly. She actually knows what she's talking about and has many years of experience. And she's very passionate. She has some very good ideas and I predict she will become the most lamented minister once this government falls.
(*) Basically we have two social democrat parties in DK right now. The "old" Social Democrats, who are finding their roots after the last disastrous period as government, where they were forced to pursue a politic in complete contrast to their voters.
And the Danish Peoples Party, which are right wing social democrats with a nationalist and somewhat xenophobic streak. (Read: anti-Muslim, anti-immigration from non-western countries).
The current government is as said above totally in the mercy of these two parties. So the two most influential people in DK politics right now is not the PM, Lars Løkke. But the chairwoman of the Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen (who is very likely to become the next PM) and Thulesen Dahl, the leader of the Danish Peoples Party, who may very well form an official or unofficial union with the Social Democrats after the next election.