After his election victory, Rasmussen must now bring his coalition together. In the last parliament his Liberals were well supported by the Danish People’s Party led by Pia Kjaersgaard.
Her DPP is a socially conservative nationalist party, which supports the government tax policy in return for a tightening on immigration, asylum-seekers and refugees.
However, the New Alliance, a party led by Syrian-born Danish Muslim Naser Khader, a party a mere six-months old, looks set to join the coalition.
Khader said before the poll that he wanted to curb the influence of the DPP on the government; it is here that Rasmussen must use his much lauded diplomatic skills to give his political bed partners just enough of what they want.