More and more people are tired of being played the fool.
The leader of the Finns Party, Timo Soini, announced his delight on Friday at the result of Denmark’s general election, in which the populist Danish People’s Party made huge gains.
The head of Denmark’s centre-left coalition, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, conceded defeat and stepped down as prime minister, after the result showed a clear swing to the centre right. The Danish People’s Party won the second-highest share of the vote, 21 percent, up from just 12 percent at the last general election in 2011.
It is not yet clear, however, whether the DPP will take a seat in the country’s new government.
Writing in his blog, Timo Soini praised the result, and said it shows that “The Finns Party are not alone in the Nordic countries, let alone in Europe.”
Soini referred to the election success of other Eurosceptic parties across Europe this spring, including in Finland, the UK and Poland.
The Finns Party and the DPP belong to the same group in both the Nordic Council and in the European Parliament, where they are members of the European Conservatives and Reformists group.
Britain’s Conservative Party, led by PM David Cameron, is also a member, and this spring’s Danish and Finnish election victories are likely to buoy Cameron’s attempt to demand EU reform in order to stave off a British exit from the EU following a referendum next year.