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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Germany's Legendary Clubbing Culture Crashes Museum Space

The exhibition “Electro” in Düsseldorf is an unlikely tribute to a joyful and uninhibited club culture, with curators forced to contend with limits of a museum setting ... and another COVID lockdown.

A woman with a "Techno" tattoo in front of the famous Berghain

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DÜSSELDORF — The last party at the Berghain nightclub in Berlin lasted from Saturday evening until Monday morning. On the first weekend of December, some clubbers lined up for nine hours outside the former power plant – and still didn’t make it past the doormen. A friend said that dancing in the most famous techno club in the world on its last evening was like landing a spot in the last lifeboat to leave the sinking Titanic on 14 April 1912.

It is surely a coincidence that the first comprehensive exhibition charting the 100-year history of electronic music in Germany opened in the same week that nightclubs across the country were forced to close. It wasn’t planned that way, but it’s like opening an exhibition about the cultural history of alcohol the day after the introduction of prohibition.

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