Former Social Liberal MP Naser Khader sent shock waves through Danish
politics Monday when he announced the creation of The New Alliance, the nation's
first new major party in 10 years.
As of yet the party has no detailed platform, but Khader outlined certain key
points The New Alliance would stand behind as he presented the new party
'Many people would like to have a centrist government but they don't want a
red cabinet, just as little as they want to see the Danish People's Party have
so much influence on Danish politics,' Khader said.
He said the party would be a centrist party with an aim toward undermining
the influence the nationalist Danish People's Party - who shook Danish politics
with its arrival 10 years ago - has on the Liberal-Conservative government.
Khader said the party will also seek to improve the integration of
immigrants, strengthen Denmark's position within the EU and support a fixed
income tax rate of 40 percent in an effort to move people from the welfare
system into the job market.
In addition to Khader, the two other founding members of The New Alliance are
Gitte Seeberg, a member of the European Parliament, who migrated from the
Conservatives, and fellow former Social Liberal, Anders Samuelsen, also an
Experts are at odds over whether The New Alliance will be a hit or a flop,
but agreed that only time will tell.
'The New Alliance falls in the hole between the more left-oriented
Conservatives and the right-leaning Social Liberals,' said Jørgen Elklit of
Aarhus University. 'They definitely have a chance to win seats in