May 27, 2015 / 9:18 AM / 5 years ago

Danish PM calls general election on June 18

COPENHAGEN, May 27 (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18 in which her centre-left Social Democrats will face stiff competition from the centre-right Liberals and the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party.

Polls show a coalition of the Social Democrats and other parties are about 7-8 percentage points behind a bloc of the Liberals and other parties.

The Eurosceptic Danish People’s Party could find itself in a coalition government for the first time in its 20-year history should the main opposition Liberals win.

Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki; Editing by Alistair Scrutton/Jeremy Gaunt

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