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Denmark, Germany benefit most from EU market

28.07.14 @ 18:04

The Danish and German economies have benefited most among 14 EU countries from the expansion of the bloc's single market between 1992-2012, according to a study published Monday (28 July) by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a ...

EU survey sees happy Danes, grumpy Bulgarians

18.06.14 @ 19:12

Scandinavians may be among Europe’s highest taxed, but they are also the happiest according to new research by the UK’s Office of National Statistics. Nine out ten people in Denmark and Finland described themselves as ...

Danes the highest taxed in Europe, reveals Eurostat

16.06.14 @ 18:08

Denmark, Belgium and France are the highest taxed EU countries according to research by the bloc’s statistical agency Eurostat. The data in Eurostat’s report on ‘Taxation trends’ in the EU, published on Monday (16 June ...

Post EU ElectionsThousands able to vote twice in EU elections

22.05.14 @ 09:51

The Swedish election board in Solna should have received a complete data file of Swedish citizens voting in Denmark by 28 April the latest. It did not arrive. "We must have access to this data 30 days before the day of ...

Post EU ElectionsBelgium, Spain, France field most senior MEPs in EU vote

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Is the European Parliament an important institution to which political heavyweights should be sent? Or is it a place for potential talent to learn the metier, away from their member state's capital? Opinions on the ...

Danes the happiest EU workers, survey finds

25.04.14 @ 09:34

Denmark has the EU's happiest workforce, according to research published Thursday (25 April) by Eurobarometer. Ninety-four percent of Danish workers are satisfied with their own conditions at work, the survey found, ...

Post EU ElectionsDenmark profits from Eastern European worker contributions

10.04.14 @ 10:09

Eastern European workers in Denmark pay more into the state coffers than they get out, according to a new study by the Confederation of Danish Employers. The study showed that they each paid on average €2,142 more than ...

Post EU ElectionsNordic populist parties divided on which EP group to join

02.04.14 @ 09:13

Right-wing populist parties from the Nordic countries are set to take different political paths after the European elections in May. While the Sweden Democrats are looking towards the likely coalition between France’s ...

Post EU Elections'To be or not to be' – Danes split over EU relations

05.03.14 @ 09:35

'To be, or not to be . . .' is the famous line of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. The double-minded theme of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, aptly reflects the Danish people's relationship with ...

Analysis'I'm in politics to seek solutions, not to block things'

17.01.14 @ 18:36

Debating how to increase the role of national parliaments in EU law making is far from being a new subject, nor is it one to set the pulse racing But that didn't matter to the several hundred political hacks, academics ...

EU commission seeks to reduce use of plastic bags

04.11.13 @ 17:13

The European Commission Monday (4 November) tabled measures to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 80 percent, with about 710,000 tonnes of them being thrown away each year. Each EU citizen use almost 200 such bags - ...

Danish opposition agrees to quick EU referendum

12.08.13 @ 09:30

When voters head to the polls to elect Denmark's 13 MEPs in May next year they may also be asked to delete two Danish EU treaty opt-outs and to approve the kingdom's participation in the European patent court in a ...

National parliaments eclipsed by EU powers

28.05.13 @ 18:53

The EU financial crisis has prompted centralisation of economic and budgetary powers in Brussels, while national parliaments struggle to fulfil their role as democratic watchdogs. The issue will be highlighted on ...

Denmark and Sweden have highest taxes

29.04.13 @ 20:35

Danes and Swedes are the highest taxed people in Europe, according to research published on Monday (29 April). Denmark and Sweden claim tax revenues accounting for 47.7 percent of economic output and 44.5 percent ...

FocusDanish children enter fourth week of no school

24.04.13 @ 08:26

Grandparents are being roped into help, companies are turning themselves into temporary creches, and employees are being forced to take leave as Denmark enters its fourth week of a teacher lock-out. Since 1 April, ...

Greenlanders go to the polls as interest rises in the Arctic island

11.03.13 @ 14:43

Greenlanders go to the polls on Tuesday (12 March) in a vote that will attract an inordinate amount of outside interest for a semi-autonomous territory of just 57,000 people. The interest is largely due to climate ...

New EU budget proposal cuts across red lines

30.10.12 @ 09:45

The Cypriot presidency has proposed cutting €50 billion off EU spending plans for 2014 to 2020 - a number that could trigger national vetoes and strikes by EU staff. The Cypriot paper, circulated late on Monday (29 ...

Belgian diplomat suspected of being Russian spy

05.10.12 @ 18:07

The Belgian foreign ministry has suspended one of its people in Denmark due to a "security breach," amid reports he is a Russian spy. A Belgian spokesman told EUobserver on Friday (5 October): "We can confirm that an ...

InvestigationBig banks: From Greek bailout to Hamlet's castle

09.07.12 @ 07:46

Two years ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted something that sounded quite reasonable. Instead of having European taxpayers foot the bill of a Greek bailout, why not make the banks help pay for it? They were ...

Debt-ridden Cyprus takes on EU presidency

02.07.12 @ 09:12

Debt-ridden Cyprus took over the day-to-day running of the EU Sunday (1 July) becoming the first euro state to take on the presidency since the end of 2010. A first-time presidency, the Mediterranean island - for many ...

Talks collapse on access to EU documents

13.06.12 @ 16:17

The Danish presidency has abandoned attempts to agree new rules on access to EU documents. It took the decision on Tuesday (12 June) after EU countries and the European Commission last week rejected its latest draft of ...

Negotiators have second go at EU transparency rules

01.06.12 @ 16:54

The Danish presidency will next week put forward a second draft of new rules on access to internal EU documents, as tensions rise. The first draft fell by the wayside last week when EU parliament co-legislators said it ...

Parliament hopes to bridge divide on EU transparency rules

25.05.12 @ 09:00

MEPs are hoping to bridge the divide between ministers and the parliament on controversial plans to re-draft EU rules governing public access to EU documents. However, the institutions remain divided as they enter the ...

Tax commissioner lets rip against Austria and Luxembourg

16.05.12 @ 09:36

"Completely unjustifiable ... grossly unfair ... a mystery" - the European Commission and the Danish EU presidency have given Austria and Luxembourg a tongue-lashing for protecting tax evaders. The harsh words came ...

Officials, diplomats want even more EU secrecy

12.04.12 @ 18:19

Most member states and EU institutions are keen to draw a new veil of secrecy over how they appoint top officials and enforce EU law. The rights of journalists, NGOs and average people to get access to internal EU ...

EU agency under scrutiny for Caribbean trips

27.03.12 @ 09:30

The head of the EU's environment agency has come under fire for using public funds for staff training in the Caribbean and Mediterranean and for spending some €300,000 to decorate its Copenhagen-based headquarters with ...

Greece could have had a referendum, says Danish minister

23.02.12 @ 09:29

National parliaments remain the main decision-making body for structural reforms and the EU institutions should respect that, the Danish economy minister has said. "No one else but the elected members of national ...

Female genital mutilation not on EU agenda

06.02.12 @ 17:46

The Danish EU rotating presidency has made a "safe Europe" one of its top priorities. But female genital cutting, which affects an estimated 500,000 women a year in Europe alone, is not on its agenda. Girls, some even ...

OpinionFlexicurity - further erosion of workers' rights?

24.01.12 @ 09:17

The Danish EU Presidency has seen the supposed advantages of flexicurity to tackle unemployment, to raise the EU´s competitiveness and to overcome the current crisis once more come to the fore. This was to be expected. ...

Danish answer to euro-crisis: make workforce more flexible

13.01.12 @ 19:35

Workers who are easy to hire and fire, unemployment benefits linked to job hunting, a higher retirement age - Danish economists say these measures are essential for the eurozone's recovery, even though their country is ...

Denmark launches 'tap water' presidency

10.01.12 @ 08:44

Tap water instead of bottled water, fewer gifts for dignitaries, more use of public transportation - cost-efficiency is to be the hallmark of Denmark's EU presidency. "We are very cost-efficient in Denmark, so we want ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

06.01.12 @ 17:19

The leaders of France and Germany will kick off the week with a bilateral meeting on the eurozone crisis with the single currency still facing many of the same problems - only exacerbated - that it did one year ago. ...

Denmark to battle for European unity

30.12.11 @ 09:36

Denmark takes over the six-month EU rotating presidency on Sunday (1 January), kicking off what is expected to be another traumatic year for the eurozone and its single currency. Like all presidency countries, Denmark ...

Denmark stuck in EU treaty quagmire

14.12.11 @ 18:34

Days away from taking over the EU's rotating presidency that will be responsible in part for steering through a new intergovernmental treaty, the Danish government has become stuck in a quagmire of resistance to the so- ...

Stop criticising Merkel, Danish PM says

08.12.11 @ 23:12

With Denmark taking over the EU presidency in January PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has said she will fight to make sure that fellow non-eurozone countries are involved in all discussions concerning the internal market, as ...

Danish EU presidency to focus on euro crisis

23.11.11 @ 16:41

Denmark's upcoming six months of chairing EU meetings and overseeing legislation in the making will mainly focus on fire-fighting the "worst crisis the EU ever had" and on the bloc's next budget, the Danish ambassador ...

New Danish government rolls back border controls

04.10.11 @ 09:28

On its first day at work, the new centre-left Danish government agreed to roll back a controversial enhanced border checks policy introduced by the previous executive. “The government will work to effectively combat ...

Former centre-left MEP wins Danish elections

16.09.11 @ 09:24

Denmark on Thursday (15 September) elected former Social-Democrat MEP Helle Thorning-Schmidt to become its first female premier. The new government is likely to row back on controversial border checks and have a more ...

AnalysisHeading towards a change of government in Denmark

14.09.11 @ 15:36

If the trend in the opinion polls holds true, the leader of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, will be the new Danish prime minister on Thursday evening (15 September), when all the votes have been counted ...

EU commission wants nations to give up border control decisions

06.09.11 @ 14:14

The EU commission wants to have a central role in decisions on the reintroduction of border controls, so far a prerogative of individual member states. A draft proposal will be put forward next week and is already ...