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Bringing European Debate to Finland: Denmark’s opt-outs and what will happen to them? _________________________________ The European Union Research Programme The Finnish Institute of International Affairs TEPSA Guest Lecture 14 October 2008. The Danish EU-Orientation.

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The danish eu orientation

Bringing European Debate to Finland: Denmark’s opt-outs and what will happen to them?_________________________________The European Union Research Programme The Finnish Institute of International Affairs TEPSA Guest Lecture14 October 2008


The danish eu orientation

The Danish EU-Orientation

”Far too often, the standard Danish reaction has been characterized by a skeptical attitude towards changes in the EU. We have, as point of departure, wished to keep things as they were. [--] This is not the way to achieve influence.”

-Fogh Rasmussen-

  • An attempt to bridge elite Euro-optimism

    and popular Euro-scepticism

    • what explains the difference between

      the elite and public opinions?

    • how could the division be abandoned?

  • The more opt-outs – the less influence?


The impact of the danish opt outs ins on the eu cooperation and other ms

The impact of the Danish opt-outs/-ins on the EU cooperation and other MS


Rethinking the danish eu policy

Rethinking the Danish EU-Policy

  • Framework conditions of Danish EU-policy

    • four opt-outs & critical public opinion

  • The process of reconsidering the opt-outs

    • next steps?

    • referendum?

    • mode of campaign?

    • implications of Ireland?


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