11 June 2022

Denmark set to vote in referendum on joining EU defence policy.

Historically sceptical about European Union efforts to deepen cooperation, Danish voters are set to choose whether to abandon the country’s decision 30 years ago to opt out of the bloc’s common defence policy.

The Danish referendum comes on Wednesday as the latest example of European countries seeking closer defence links with allies in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It follows Sweden and Finland’s historic bids to join NATO – something to be taken up at a summit next month.

Denmark joining the EU defence policy would have a relatively modest effect on Europe’s security architecture, particularly compared with Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

But Christine Nissen, a researcher with the Danish Institute for International Studies, said both moves are “part of the same story”, and would strengthen military cooperation on a continent stunned by the war in Ukraine.

She said the main effect of abandoning the opt-out decision would be that Danish officials could stay in the room when EU colleagues discuss defence topics and Danish forces could take part in the bloc’s military operations.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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