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Europe's New Politics

25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 February 2011

In this two part series Assignment examines a new kind of politics that is reverberating across Europe.

If Denmark conjures up images of contented Scandinavia - prosperous, generous welfare, internationally minded - think again.

In the last decade or so Denmark's politics has changed remarkably. It's been driven by a populist force, the Danish People's Party (DPP), that wins less than 15% of the vote but wields huge influence.

It's modern, tactically skilful, linking immigration and welfare in a highly effective way, spreading its appeal across right and left.

Chris Bowlby reports from Denmark and Sweden on the rise of the new far right in Northern Europe.

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    Do Denmark's immigration laws breach human rights?

    Critics of Denmark's tightening rules on immigration and integration say the country is violating European norms,including human rights legislation.

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  • Documentary: Open Eye

    Documentary: Open Eye

    Photographer Joseph Rodriguez attempts to find out why racial tensions are increasing in Sweden - one of the most progressive countries in Europe.

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