Nationalist party stalwarts to call it quits

Two of the Danish People's Party's leading figures in parliament say they are finished with politics as soon as a new election is held Jesper Langballe and Søren Krarup have been two of the most controversial figures in Danish politics...

Jesper Langballe and Søren Krarup have been two of the most controversial figures in Danish politics for several years.

MPs Søren Krarup and Jesper Langballe, who are cousins, announced on Monday that it was high time they retired at the ages of 71 and 69, respectively. Both MPs made waves during their political careers, supporting many far-right causes, including halting Muslim immigration and attempts at pulling Denmark out of the European Union.

Langballe was elected to parliament in November 2001. Over the past few years he defended male circumcision and called conditions at much-criticised asylum centres 'wonderful' for child refugees.

Krarup has been even more controversial than Langballe since entering parliament in 2001. He has compared the Muslim headscarf to the Nazi swastika and said that it is necessary to be Christian in order to be a 'true' Dane.

His reputation has been built on quotes such as 'human rights are the modern-day force of depravity - the devil in the form of a humanitarian angel,' and 'I have always likened the fight against immigration to the Danish resistance against Nazi occupation'.

The Danish People's Party is the Liberal-Conservative government's common policy ally and is the third largest party represented in parliament with 25 seats.

Pia Kjærsgaard, party leader,  has not yet commented on the cousins' eminent departure.

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