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Denmark aims for unity as EU president

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 04:00

Jan. 3 - Copenhagen is seeking consensus among the 27 members of the European Union as it takes over the rotating presidency.

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Denmark has taken over the six month rotating presidency of the EU with the sovereign debt crisis still very much of the top of the agenda Kevin Hagan. Will be seeking to preserve unity among the 27 member states as far as possible off to Britain broke ranks of the end of lost yet outside the Euro zone itself. Denmark is also key to push agreeing investment program. Broadest chief Denmark correspondent John Major joins me now from market opened hey you bureau. John is targeting a small non Euro zone economy can can realistically achieve it sounds of the debt crisis. Well experts are of the opinion that really not very much now the Danish prime minister melatonin Schmidt has. Built up a certain amount of goodwill and high expectations in fact. For the Danish presidency. But today may be more so than than you normally things are really in the hands of the big countries France and Germany. And of course of the council President Obama on -- who's in charge of drafting the Euro. Fiscal packed. Which is the main thing on the agenda for Europe right now so America there is a realization in Denmark a couple of big decisions you're reaching an outside of demo. I think I think certainly in Denmark of course says that it will do everything it can't can to contribute. To get a Euro and the Europe excuse me out of the crisis but I think there's a realistic understanding that. That it's capacity is limited what can Denmark contribute. Well that you as I mentioned this honest broker role is something I think. I think Denmark does have a reputation as a fairly good and efficient. European Union member despite. Despite the -- nature of its citizens who voted a few times against that is closer integration in Europe. What do what do people -- to -- -- unit sees at in general given the British meat so I -- Brussels last month. Well the prime minister here are definitely sees it as. Part of her task to try to befriend Britain from straying too far from the fold. How it'll do that remains to be seen. But I think. The prime minister Tony spent will definitely do everything she can to make sure Britain doesn't. Doesn't remove itself too far from Europe. Denmark joined the European community in 1973 at the same time as Britain and of course is always tried to put itself on the same side as Britain. And then Germany for that matter and European affairs. In times of enlargements under this presidency it talks continue with Turkey nine cent. Montenegro's survey are also in the frame is it is expansion still possible was that every person wants argument debt crisis. Some progress could probably be made on those on those points. The demo will be followed by cypress. In the second half of 2012. So if it remains to be -- where where negotiated with with Turkey would go. In the second half of the year so perhaps for that reason alone. Denmark we'll try to make some some -- way. In the negotiations with Turkey but Denmark will not be finalizing anything on on expansion so and I mentioned -- let's talk about John demo pushing his Green investment agenda. As part of his presence any progress like you don't have fun. I I am not sure whether. -- they'll be time to do much on that to do with the debt crisis. Still still the top of the agenda. Denmark of course has a large. A large industry linked to two Green energy with it's wind turbine industry and done will do what it Cantu to. For further. To promote investment in -- in Green technology and jobs. OK John thanks a lot John -- kept Afro off Kevin hey you bureau. I join us out here on inside of the regular in depth coverage and analysis of the eurozone crisis that's it for now but -- axle problems is Joyce's.

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Denmark aims for unity as EU president

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 04:00