Professor Marlene Wind evaluates the causes of the election outcome – University of Copenhagen

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09 December 2015

Professor Marlene Wind evaluates the causes of the election outcome

Last week the Danes voted "no" to replace the current opt-out from all EU-legislation related to justice and home affairs with a more flexible solution in which Denmark could participate in some of the legislation.

The outcome was somewhat surprising since early opinion polls showed robust support for the yes. But in the last couple of weeks until the election, the polls tipped in favour of the 'no-side'. Why? According to professor Wind, the explanation is that the yes-campaign was less effective than the no-campaign. They failed to explain the overall idea about cooperation in the EU. Instead, the details of the legislation that Denmark would be signing up to, took all the space. This brought confusion, which did not help the yes-side. "Many people I've talked to say they feel completely intimidated, "Professor Wind explain.

The focus on details differ significantly from the no-campaign, boiling the question down to the simple phrase visible on posters all over Denmark: "More EU? No thanks."

The entire article about the Danish referendum can be read here.