The Danish Debate

The Danish Debate Podcast

The Danish Debate is a podcast about Danish society and politics. Ahead of the 2019 election, it’ll discuss hot-button issues such as immigration and climate change with politicians, activists, and commentators.Hosted by Peter Stanners.A Mothertongue Media production. www.mothertongue.dk

Bjørn Lomborg, MEP Karen Melchior and cannabis activist Cutter – A reportage from Folkemødet
Last weekend more than 100,000 people descended on the towns of Allinge and Sandvig on the island of Bornholm. They’ve come to The People’s Democratic Festival, Folkemødet, to hear people talk.Several hundred tents are pitched throughout the two towns and inside them people can be found debating, day and night. The hosts are political parties, media, lobby groups and NGOs. All use the opportunity to pitch their agenda and engage their audience. I spent three days at Folkemødet, soaking up debates, drinking ...

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The Left win but remain deeply divided
Denmark has moved to the left. With a turnout of 84.6 percent, the left wing won a large majority in the Danish parliament on Wednesday’s general election. The next prime minister is likely to be Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, who, with the support of 91 MPs, holds a 2 seat majority.Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the Liberal Party (Venstre) only has the support of 75 MPs, and has stepped down as PM to allow Frederiksen to try and form a government. But the drama is only just beginning. ...

Election day – Martin Krasnik looks back on the campaign
Today is election day, and Danes finally head to the polls after four weeks of campaigning. But what have we learned so far? And while the polls point at a left wing victory, do we really have any idea what sort of government we will get?We speak to Martin Krasnik, editor-in-chief of conservative leaning Weekendavisen about why retirement and immigration are always the key issues in Danish elections, why no party has talked about fixing a tax authority that is riddled with scandal, and why it was right to c...

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One week to go – Countdown to the general election
We take a quick look at the results of the European Parliament elections and discuss the winners, the losers, and the candidate who, despite winning one of Denmark’s coveted 14 seats, decided he never really wanted the job in the first place.  🤷🏻‍♂️And we speak to Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, an Associate Professor at the Department of Political science at the university of Copenhagen about the lay of the land with just one week to go before the general election. /Contact and feedback/Please get in touch with...

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The EU elections – The Danish Peoples Party on borders, bureaucracy and immigration
Rasmus Munch Søndergaard from the Danish People's Party explains the party's views on Europe, especially on the need for strong outer borders.This is the third episode on the EU Election. In the previous episode I spoke to Peter Laugesen, a journalist and co-founder the project Our Europe, who shared his unique insights into the state of Europe, the reality of life for young people across continent, and why far-right groups that target the young should be listened to.In the first EU Election episode, we set...

The EU elections – Talking about Europe's youth with Peter Laugesen
This is the second of three episodes on the EU ahead of the European Parliament elections on Sunday, May 25. In it, we speak to Peter Laugesen, a journalist and co-founder the project Our Europe. He and his wife Elena Maria Askløf have spent five years traveling Europe together to talk to young people about their dreams and insecurities. He shares his unique insights into the state of Europe, the reality of life for young people across continent, and why far-right groups that target the young should be list...

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The EU elections – Setting the scene with Maja Kluger Dionigi from Think Europe
In the first of three episodes on the EU ahead of the European Parliament elections on Sunday, we set the scene with Maja Kluger Dionigi, a senior researcher at the pro-EU think tank Think Europe. She helps us understand who the European Parliament works, what the big issues are heading into the election – and why Danish welfare was built on EU rulesTomorrow I speak to Peter Laugesen, a journalist and co-founder of Our Europe. Together with his wife Elena Maria Askløf, he has spent five years traveling Euro...

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The Climate Election – Voters say climate is their top priority. But can Denmark make a difference?
Danes are worried about the climate. In a poll by Kantar Gallup, 57 percent of Danes responded that the environment is a higher priority to them than immigration. Only 35 percent stated the reverse was the case. So it's not a surprise that parties across the political spectrum have launched climate policies to reduce Denmark's emissions through increased investment in renewable energy and green transport.But do these policies go far enough? Or are they simply playing up to Denmark's growing climate anxiety?...

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What the closure of Radio24Syv tells us about Danish populism
A successful talk radio station is set to close after the government stipulated that 70 percent of the editorial staff has to relocate 110 kilometres from Copenhagen. The same government that has moved more than 4,000 state jobs out of the capital at a cost of 550 million kroner.So are too many state jobs and cultural institutions concentrated in the capital? Or are the policies a classic example of populism – sowing divisions between an imagined urban elite, and authentic rural population.We explore these ...

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A Looming Election – Setting the scene with Politiken's Kristian Madsen
A lot has happened since Danes last went to the polls four years ago. At the 2015 election the left wing Social Democrats lost power to the right wing Liberal Party, which positioned itself as hard on immigration and kind to business. But if the policies have been popular, why do most polls predict that the left wing will regain power this summer?Ahead of the general election on June 5, The Danish Debate will survey Denmark's political landscape. In the first episode, Kristian Madsen from Politiken newspape...

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