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The Danes might have to vote in a new EU referendum at the beginning of the next year, government spokespeople have confirmed. But the referendum will be on something less important than one of the four Danish opt-outs, which include Justice, Euro cooperation, Defense and Citizenship. The new referendum, which technically comes under the Justice… » read more

Posted by Henriette Jacobsen

1st of January 1973, Denmark joined the EU back when it was called the European Economic Community (EEC) along with Ireland and Great Britain. This was the Community’s first enlargement, after it was established in 1958 by Belgium, Luxemburg, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The six nations, as we have been told over and… » read more

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Ever since Norway became an independent nation in 1905 (after being ruled and controlled by Sweden and Denmark for 500 years), there has been sort of a ’little brother-big brother’ relationship between Norway and Sweden. And the Scandinavian war on words is back on. The news about Norway’s problems with the EU has finally reached… » read more

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On Wednesday this week, finance ministers reached an agreement on the basic mechanism for a single supervisory authority over eurozone banks – the key first step to a banking union. The supervisory mechanism will be carried out by the European Central Bank (ECB) which will be the direct authority of at least the biggest banks… » read more

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Unlike in any of the other Scandinavian countries, snus is a very popular form of tobacco use in Sweden. 12% of the Swedes love the smell of snus. Ewa Björling, the Swedish minister for commerce, has said Sweden is ready for a full-scale “war” against the EU over Swedish snus future. Björling has already been… » read more

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With less than two weeks until Christmas and with some of us already counting down to the best day of the year (that’ll be the 24th of December), I thought it would be best to begin this EU blog with a post that could be seen (with some good will) as timely and seasonal (I’ll… » read more

Posted by Henriette Jacobsen