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People's Party wins big in European Elections

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The right-wing Danish People's Party claimed 26.7 percent of the votes in yesterday's European elections. With the result, the eurosceptic party doubles its mandates and becomes Denmark's leading representatives in Brussels.
The anti-immigrant Danish People's Party won the election in Denmark for the European Parliament with 26.7 percent of the votes, according to the final figures released early Monday.
 
The result gives the party four out of Denmark's 13 seats in the European Parliament, twice the number the party received in the last election five years ago.
 
"My mother's heart swells, because I'm simply so proud if that's the result," the party's charismatic co-founder and former leader Pia Kjaersgaard told national broadcaster DR in reaction to exit polls predicting a resounding win.
 
The Danish People's Party pulled ahead of the Social Democrats, who received 19.1 percent of the popular vote and saw their seats reduced from four to three.
 
The result was announced as the election in France gave the far-right National Front about 26 percent of the popular vote.
 
The Danish People's Party has repeatedly distanced itself from the National Front, and did so again on Sunday.
 
"It's deplorable that parties like Le Pen's National Front and Golden Dawn (of Greece) gain ground, but they do because the established parties let the Europeans down," Morten Messerschmidt, a member of the European Parliament for the Danish People's Party, told DR.
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