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Yearbook 1998

1998 DenmarkDenmark. In February, Social Democratic Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen decided to announce new elections until March 11. The government had then had opinion success thanks to a prosperous economy, while the largest opposition parties were plagued by internal conflicts. But the government was having a hard time in the election campaign, where the opposition pleaded for freedom of choice in welfare and where the refugee issues came into focus. The choice was very smooth. Only when the Greenlandic and Faroese votes had been counted was it clear that the government had saved itself with an overweight mandate in the Parliament, 90–89. The decisive mandate in the Faroe Islands was won by only 176 votes.

1998 Denmark

With its xenophobic program, the Danish People's Party made a successful choice, received 7.4% of the vote and entered the Folketing with 13 seats.

According to Countryaah, the election bourgeois prime ministerial candidate, Venstres Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, took the consequences of the defeat and resigned after 13 years as party leader. He was followed by his bourgeois colleague Per Stig Møller in the Conservative People's Party. New party leaders became Anders Fogh Rasmussen for the Left and Pia Christmas Møller for the Conservative People's Party.

Nyrup Rasmussen's re-formed government became, as before, a coalition between the Social Democrats Social Democracy and the center party Radical Venstre, with support in the Folketing from the Socialist People's Party and the Enhedslisten on the left. In April, the Supreme Court set the stage for a five-year legal battle over the legitimacy of Danish EU membership. Then Prime Minister Nyrup Rasmussen was acquitted of the accusation of having violated the Danish constitution when he signed the former EU constitution, the Maastricht Treaty.

In May, Denmark conducted a referendum on the new constitution, the Amsterdam Treaty. The Yes side then won by 55.1% against 44.9%. After the election, Nyrup Rasmussen promised the no-voters to work with heavy emphasis on bureaucracy and arrogance in the EU system.

In the autumn, a survey showed that the Danes were ready for the first time to accept a single European currency. However, the timing of the referendum on Danish membership in EMU is not yet determined.

About half a million LO employees went on strike in the spring in protest of the holiday and pension regulations offered by employers in a two-year pay agreement. Much of the country's transport and distribution systems stopped, and schools and a large part of the health care system closed. Danmarks Nationalbank raised the interest rate to defend a declining krone exchange rate, which forced the government to intervene and, after ten days, end the conflict through compulsory legislation.

Unemployment continued to decline during the year. But the economic crisis in Norway, with its falling krone exchange rate, also created Danish concerns as Denmark exports for about SEK 20 billion annually. to Norway.

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