In Copenhagen, an Election Turns Denmark to the Left

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Although Tina Jensen and Nadine Hammad kept interrupting each other, they agreed on one thing: They wanted a new government. The two women were talking last Thursday outside the Blagard School in Copenhagen, where they had both come to vote in Denmark's national election. From where they stood, the public school that both their children attend hardly appeared different from any other Danish elementary school: red walls, a Danish flag flapping in the wind. But the Blagard School stands apart, as it claims one of the highest percentages of students with immigrant backgrounds -- around 70 percent -- in all of Copenhagen.

Both Jensen, a 52-year-old teacher, and Hammad, a 35-year-old university student wearing a traditional headscarf (she is part of Denmark's four percent Muslim minority), said they were voting for the Red-Green Alliance, a coalition on the far left of Danish politics. Theirs would also be a protest vote against

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