Denmark approved to join the common defense of the European Union


It is the first time that Denmark has abolished one of the four exceptions that maintain the common EU policy since 1993.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen after the announcement of the result.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen after the announcement of the result.PHILIP DAVALIEFE
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Denmark Closer cooperation in defense within approved this Wednesday European Union (EU) in a historic referendum called in response to Russian military intervention by ending the exception that had been made in the region for three decades. Ukraine,

It is the first time Denmark has removed one of the four exceptions to the EU’s common policy since 1993 after two previous unsuccessful consultations.

and the provisional result -with 66.8% in favor of “yes”96% of the vote count – the largest victory in nine referendums on European issues this Nordic country has seen in half a century, although it also has the second lowest turnout (below 70%).

The “yes” victory had long been sung: almost all polls conducted since the referendum was called three months ago pointed to a clear victory, with exit polls issued at the conclusion of voting today.

In contrast to previous consultations, most parties advocated from the beginning Suppress exception in rescue: Eight of the eleven parliamentary forces defended the “yes” and five political forces, representing about three-quarters of the seats, called off a deal before the call was announced.

During the campaign, proponents of a model change consistently appealed for the war in Ukraine and the need for more European defense cooperation; Opponents, further to the right and to the left, turn to traditional Danish skepticism Brussels And the threat of a fictional European army.

The fact that neighbors Sweden and Finland have recently decided to break their historic non-alignment and apply for NATO membership has also played a role in previous discussions.

a “clean” sign

“The overwhelming majority of Danes today voted yes to remove the defense exception. This means that Denmark will now be able to participate in European cooperation on defense and security. I am very pleased,” the Social Democrat Prime Minister said. Mette Fredriksen,

Frederickson said that, with the result of this referendum, his country has sent a “very clear” signal to its allies and the Russian president, Vladimir PutinAnd that “probably” never before has Denmark been so united towards the EU.

Similar words were used by the Leader of the Opposition Liberals Jacob Allemann-Jensen, whose father, Uffe Allemann-JensenBecause the Danish foreign minister had to negotiate with Brussels to adopt a special model for Denmark three decades ago.

“This is a victory for the Union, for independence,” assured the liberal leader, who also spoke of a “clear signal” to Russia.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenwelcomed the “strong message of commitment to our common security sent by the Danish people” on his Twitter account, while European Council President Charles Michel described the result on the same social network as a “historic election”.

strong symbolic meaning

The first abolition of one of the four exceptions made by Denmark to the Common Policy since 1993 has a strong symbolic content in a country, although it did enter at that time. European Economic Community (EEC) Already in 1972, it has always been wary of losing sovereignty.

Denmark was the only one in the European Union of twelve countries that did not ratify the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, and faced with the threat of a blockade, it supported it a year later in another new consultation with a tailor-made model. which included exceptions in union monetary and economic, defence, police and legal cooperation, and citizenship.

The Danes also rejected joining the euro in two referendums in 2000 and 2015 and the removal of the legal exception.

The elimination of the defense exception is more symbolic than of real value because of Denmark’s membership. otaniThe backbone of the EU’s defense and military policy.

Although in principle it cannot participate in federally promoted military missions, of the eleven EU military missions to which Denmark has had to say no due to exceptions in defence, it still accounts for more than half of those under the flag. Used to be. Alliance itself, with the United Nations or any other country, as it happened Somalia and in Gardner,

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