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BT, June 19, 2015

"The Losers' Triumph," Friday's headline in the Danish tabloid BT reads. Yesterday's elections demonstrate a shift to the right in the Scandinavian country. While the Social Democratic Party of current Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt won the most seats, her center-left coalition lost to the right-wing opposition.

She conceded defeat, as the right-wing nationalists of the Danish People's Party (DPP) shocked observers by winning the second highest number of seats, ahead of their possible coalition partners the Liberals, led by former — and possibly future — Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

Rasmussen, the "triumphant loser," was punished by the electorate but saved by his coalition "friends", as BT reports today. Despite his disappointing third-place finish, it's likely that he'll have the opportunity to form a government, with or without the DPP.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: BT is a daily tabloid based in Copenhagen. It was founded in 1916.

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