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Child-Bride Law Turns Into Danish Election Issue as PM's Son Hit

  • Development comes as government considers closing EU borders
  • Danish voters are preparing for national elections on June 5
Lars Lokke Rasmussen and son Bergur  

Lars Lokke Rasmussen and son Bergur  

Photographer: Soeren Bidstrup/ScanPix/AFP via Getty Images

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The son of Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has been tripped up by the country’s strict immigration laws, which will force his Harvard-educated American girlfriend to leave Denmark by the end of this month.

The development thrusts immigration policy into the spotlight as Danes prepare to vote in national elections on June 5. Rasmussen, 55, leads a center-right minority coalition that rules with the support of the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party. Last week, he stunned the country’s political establishment by announcing he would rather abandon some of his traditional supporters on the far right than let their “extreme opinions” influence his politics.