Denmark’s right-wing anti-migrant leader Pernille Vermund ‘polling well ahead of election’
DENMARK’S Pernille Vermund is polling well ahead of the country’s crunch elections, according to one expert.
By BELINDA ROBINSON
Mon, Mar 13, 2017
The 41-year-old leader of Nye Borgerlige or ‘The New Right’ party polled at 4.8 per cent in late February, an incredible feat as it was only founded less than two years ago.
But her ideas are gaining so much popularity in the country that it would be dangerous to ignore her, says Andreas Reventlow in an opinion piece for The EU Observer.
The political commentator, who is an adviser at the Copenhagen based non-profit International Media Support, says the rise of the blonde politician comes amid the popularity of France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders.
Ms Vermund’s hardline policies include banning headscarves in schools, stricter controls on migrants and leaving the European Union.
She also wants to limit Danish citizenship to people who “contribute positively” to society and have a job and only give asylum to refugees from the UN’s refugee agency’s resettlement scheme.
But Mr Reventlow warns: “As a charismatic woman in her early forties, she comes across as determined with strong opinions, a strong character and, to some, a charming person.