Denmark has gone to the vote - parliamentary elections - and with the count nearly finished it's clear that the country is in for a decided turn to the right and increased polarization. The anti-immigration Christian populists of the Danish People's Party
(not quite the Danish Tea Party, but almost) scored a big boost and are set to become the second biggest party after the Social Democrats*; they're also sure to man several chairs in the government. Between 2001 and 2011 they were a supporting partner to the centre-right wing government but didn't hold any cabinet seats; now they have outgrown their earlier masters in terms of vote, and the only reason the next PM won't be the party leader of the DPP is because of the seniority of the Liberals (confusingly called Venstre
, "the Left" though there have been a couple of large and vibrant parties to the left of them for the past century or so), both as an established party and in terms of the age and experience of their leader.
It's a no-brainer that their fellow populists here in Sweden, the Sweden Democrats, will look to repeat that feat in 2018.
Also, Greece is moving closer and closer to a state default on its massive debts...and the dreaded Grexit
Of course, the senseless Charleston shooting is front-page news around here too.
*The Social Democrats lived up to expectations in terms of vote numbers, but their "support party" to the left was less successful. Almost no governments in Scandinavia are fully single-party, that's been the rule for a long time. Even when there's been a single-party socialist/labour givernment it has almost always counted on the support of some other party to the centre or to the left to gain a majority.