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Denmark: Yes to defense cooperation with the European Union

The results show that 66.9% of voters now want Denmark to participate fully in the Union’s defense cooperation.

– Tonight, Denmark sent an important signal. To our allies in Europe, to NATO and to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) said in a commentary when 95 percent of the votes were counted and the “yes” side had clearly won.

We show that when Putin invades a free country and threatens stability in Europe, we unite through others, she continues.

“Historic elections”

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel welcomed the announcement that Denmark will now participate in European defense work.

Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter a “strong message” and Michel mentions that a “historic choice” has been made.

At 8 am on Wednesday, polling stations opened and the 4.2 million Danes eligible to vote were given the opportunity to express their views on the Danish protectorate.

“I really vote with my heart this time, because I think it’s the right thing for Europe and Denmark, and our future,” Mette Frederiksen said, according to Radio Denmarkwhen she voted in Værløse, northwest of Copenhagen.

In Parliament, there was tremendous support for removing the defense exception. Among the parties in Parliament, only the Red and Green Unity List and the two parties critical of immigration, Dansk Folkeparti and Nye Borgerlige, rejected.

It was the third time that the Danish people voted to remove one of the four total EU reservations Denmark has had since 1993.

Nobbed Euro

The Danes expressed their opposition to the introduction of the euro in 2000 and in 2015 refused to replace the reservation in the field of law with the so-called voluntary scheme.

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Nina Davidson from North Jutland voted YES. The Russian invasion of Ukraine played a role in her position.

– I think it will make Europe stronger. What will be the next country they attack? ask herself.

However, Soren Harig Pedersen crossed the window.

– We have enough army in Europe and we have NATO, he says.

Bornholm residents Marian and Fleming Olsen want Denmark to deepen its cooperation with the European Union.

Marian Olsen says it’s safe to stand strong together and be in a community.

Soren Harrij Pedersen voted “no” while Nina Davidsen said yes to Denmark’s withdrawal of its reservation to participate in the EU’s defense cooperation. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Marian Bornholm and Fleming Olsen voted yes.

Marian Bornholm and Fleming Olsen voted yes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

On Wednesday, the Danes voted to lift their reservations about participating in the European Union’s defense cooperation.

The announcement of the referendum came on March 6 – ten days after Russia began the massive invasion of Ukraine.

Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973, but has had four reservations about its membership in the European Union since 1993.

In addition to defense cooperation, the exceptions are non-participation in euro cooperation, judicial cooperation, which includes asylum rules, and union citizenship.

The EU citizenship exception now applies in practice to all member states. The reservation was made because the Danes, for example, wanted to ensure that EU citizenship would not replace national citizenship.