The New Right (Denmark)

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The New Right
Nye Borgerlige
Leader Pernille Vermund
Founded 2015
Membership (2017) 3,000[1]
Ideology Conservatism[2]
National conservatism[2]
Economic liberalism[1][3]
Euroscepticism[1][3]
Anti-immigration[1][3]
Anti-Islam[1]
Political position Right-wing to far-right[1]
Colors Blue
Folketing
0 / 179
Municipal councils
1 / 2,432
Election symbol
D
Website
Nyeborgerlige.dk

The New Right (Danish: Nye Borgerlige) is a right-wing political party in Denmark founded in 2015.

History[edit]

The party was founded in 2015 by two former members of the Conservative People's Party, Pernille Vermund and Peter Seier Christensen. After the establishment of the party, several municipal council members in several municipalities, switched from their original parties to the New Right.[4] Most of these were lost in the first election where they participated, the Danish local elections of 2017, where only one person from the party was elected for the municipal council in Hillerød.[5]

On 21 September 2016, the party announced that it had gathered the 20,109 signatures required to run for the next general election. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Social Affairs on 6 October.[6]

Positions[edit]

The party criticises the immigration policies of right-wing populist Danish People's Party (DF) as being "too lenient". The New Right wants Denmark to step out of the UN refugee convention and to deport all immigrants who live on temporary residence or are not able to support themselves.[7] Only foreigners directly allotted to Denmark by UN refugee agencies should be granted asylum. Danish citizenship should be restricted to people who "contribute positively" to society. Moreover, the party wants to completely ban the Islamic headscarf from schools and public institutions.[1]

Its economic policies are libertarian (unlike the economically "social democratic" DF), calling for tax cuts and the abolishment of all corporate taxes.[1] Moreover, The New Right want to end Denmark's membership in the European Union which they portray as a "monstrosity of rules and laws", threatening "Denmark’s prosperity, progress and democracy",[3] and want laws in general to be fewer in number.[8]

Observers place the party further to the right than DF,[1][7] whose voters The New Right mainly target, according to a Gallup poll.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Meet Denmark's new anti-Islam, anti-immigration, anti-tax party". Politico. 6 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Den konservative højrefløj er gået i udbrud". Dagbladet Information (in Danish). 10 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Meet Denmark's new anti-immigration party". The Local. 22 September 2017. 
  4. ^ dr.dk "Her er Nye Borgerlige allerede repræsenteret."
  5. ^ Nye Borgerlige er kun valgt ind i Hillerød Kommune. TV2 Lorry.
  6. ^ dr.dk "Nye Borgerlige kan stille op til næste valg"
  7. ^ a b "New Danish right-wing party on the horizon". CPH Post Online. 24 May 2016. 
  8. ^ nyeborgerlige.dk. "We want fewer laws and rules (...) We want to (...) [a]bolish more laws than are passed". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nye Borgerlige høster vælgere fra Dansk Folkeparti". Berlingske. 12 November 2016.