Denmark’s prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has called a general election for September 15th, in what promises to be a tricky vote for the ruling centre-right coalition, in power for the last 10 years.
The economy is sluggish and unemployment is high. The latest opinion poll gives the centre-left opposition 52 percent support, enough to win 90 seats out of 179 in parliament.
Rasmussen is likely to face a tough challenge from the Social Democrat-led opposition.
He said he chose to hold elections in September so that parliament could get to work on legislation for economic reforms at the start of the new parliamentary year in October.
“In the midst of a worldwide debt crisis, the Danes are left with a clear choice: uncontrolled debt or permanent welfare,” said Rasmussen, who has been premier since April 2009, heading a centre-right minority government with the Conservatives.
“We have a long-term budget for Denmark, so we do not end up in a debt trap,” he said. “There is a straight line from uncontrolled debt to less welfare.”