November 20, 1997 |
The anti-immigration Danish People's Party, or DPP, burst onto the national political scene by capturing 6.8% of the vote in Tuesday's local elections, latest results showed. Political commentators said the DPP, in its first election, had gained mostly from another far-right party and that the balance of power between the ruling Social Democrats and right-of-center parties was unchanged. But the gains made by the party jolted many citizens in a country that has a reputation for tolerance.
September 20, 1994
Danes voting for a new government Wednesday are expected to give a lukewarm endorsement to the incumbent prime minister, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, a Social Democrat. Despite an alarmingly high 12.5% unemployment rate, life remains comfortable in what has become one of the world's richest, most liberal welfare states--a system built by the Social Democrats. The recent election victory by the Social Democrats in Sweden is also expected to improve Rasmussen's chances for survival.
May 19, 1993 |
Danish voters, breathing new life into the cause of European unity, reversed course Tuesday and ratified the European Community's treaty on economic and political union. Final results showed 56.8% of the voters supported the treaty and 43.2% opposed it. The 85% voter turnout reflected the intense interest that the treaty had generated.
May 15, 1993 |
Denmark will have another chance to vote for European unity Tuesday, but it may be too late to put the movement back on track anytime soon. Fundamental doubts about the European Community's march to political and economic unity--common European defense and foreign policies, a single EC currency--have spread to all the Community's major countries. Germany is worried about losing its currency, France about its identity and Britain about its sovereignty.
June 4, 1992 |
Western Europe's political leaders scrambled Wednesday to maintain their march toward political and economic unity in the wake of the stunning decision by Danish voters to drop out of formation. No matter how well the politicians succeed, however, the Danish vote could leave a long-lasting blot on Europe's ambitions to act as a world-class economic and diplomatic player. More narrowly, it could also interfere with the expansion plans of the 12-nation European Community.
June 3, 1992 |
In a staggering blow to the cause of European unity, Danish voters Tuesday rejected a treaty designed to bind the 12 nations of the European Community closer together. The Danish referendum went against ratification of the so-called Maastricht Treaty by the narrowest of margins--50.7% against and 49.3% in favor, a difference of a mere 46,269 votes.