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08.05.2007 Print article (IE & NS 4+)
The country's newest political party has set its sights on undermining the nationalist Danish People's Party and its influence on the government

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 Monday.

'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 MEP.

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 parliament.'

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