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Is a hard-line position on immigration the key to electoral success for Europe's beleaguered center-left?The far-right Danish People's Party, whose line that message echoed, suffered significant losses.Center-left parties undoubtedly need to bolster their appeal. While center-right parties have also languished in Europe's increasingly polarized and fragmented political environment, they have not flagged as much as center-left parties.Though some voters have deserted center-left parties for populists who blame immigrants for everything, no self-respecting progressives should be aping the far-right.Leftish social conservatives favor the latter option, arguing that liberal progressives' championing of cultural diversity undermines the social solidarity -- and thus the welfare state -- that all social democrats cherish.Worse, many working-class voters have been hit hard by center-left governments' own labor-market and welfare reforms.In Denmark, the Social Democrats' share of the vote was actually slightly lower than it was four years ago; the real gains went to various liberal, social liberal and socialist parties.
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