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Voting in the Council of the European Union – Germanic vs Non-Germanic

EU – Who pays the bill?

Net contributors to the EU budget

Which Countries are EU Contributors and Beneficiaries?

Which Countries Are the Biggest Boost or Drag on the EU Budget?

A 1994 view on “the incumbent poor four” and “the eastern enlargement”.

Eastern Europe is our Mexico!

Migration data in Europe

The Current Problem In Europe!

Government to open UK borders to 4 million Croatians

Baltics offer ‘budget’ route into the European Union

EU row brewing as new migrant crisis plan set to cause FURY for frontline states.

Net contributors to the EU budget

Which Countries Are the Biggest Boost or Drag on the EU Budget?

Eastern Europe is our Mexico!


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  6. Viking Life Blog · March 29

    EU: Danish Hurdle Could Delay Expansion Eastward


  7. Viking Life Blog · March 29

    Denmark and the European Union

    Denmark’s relationship with the European Union (EU) takes its point of departure in the Danish self-perception of being a minor power with a superior societal model. This calls for both adaptation to the power realities of the European political space and resistance against infringements of the Danish societal model, occasionally supplemented by attempts at actively influencing EU policy-making. Denmark’s general EU posture is reactive and defensive with a stronger focus on defending autonomy than influencing the future of the EU. It is pragmatic and functionalist, seeking primarily to utilize EU membership to secure the economic sustainability of the welfare state. Danish EU policy is increasingly characterized by dualism, navigating the integration dilemma in a way that allows for simultaneous protection against political integration and uploading of Danish interests to the EU level.


  8. Viking Life Blog · March 29

    2015 referendum
    In 1993, Denmark acceded to the Maastricht Treaty with four reservations securing its refusal to:

    introduce a single European currency in Denmark;
    participate in the formation of a single foreign and security policy;
    introduce a common European citizenship; and
    introduce cooperation at the supranational level in the fields of justice and internal affairs.
    In 2015, the government led by the Liberal Party (Venstre) held a popular referendum on the cancellation of the reservations. This was to follow up on its earlier election promises stretching back to 2001 to do everything possible to cancel them. As a result, 53% of the Danish population voted ‘for’ preserving the opt-outs, in spite of the Paris terror attacks earlier that year and increasing pressure from the refugee crisis, two key topics seen as factors by the political establishment in favour of closer cooperation with the EU and cancelling the opt-outs.


    • Viking Life Blog · March 29

      “The Danish ‘No’ to Europe is a massive boost for the Brexit campaign in Britain as well as Marine Le Pen and other political forces who want to see Europe revert to closed nation-states based on economic protectionism and nation-first rejection of cooperating with other EU member states and, sadly at times, open xenophobia,” said Denis MacShane, Britain’s former Europe minister.

      The Danish vote comes amid heightened security fears across Europe after 130 people were killed in Paris in attacks claimed by Islamic State militants, and as Europe struggles with a huge influx of refugees from Syria and other countries.


  9. Viking Life Blog · March 29

    The Enlargement of the Union

    Any European state may apply to become a member of the Union if it respects its common values and is committed to promoting them (Article 49 of the TEU). The Copenhagen criteria, established by the European Council in 1993 in Copenhagen, are essential in any candidate or potential candidate country’s EU integration process. They include:

    The stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities;
    A functioning market economy and the ability to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the EU;
    The ability to take on the obligations of membership, including by adhering to the aims of political, economic and monetary union, and adopting the common rules, standards and policies that make up the body of EU law (the acquis communautaire).


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