To Be, or Not To Be E.C.

The Danes reject the European treaty, and all hell breaks loose

Like Hamlet as he strolled the ramparts of Elsinore castle, Danish voters last week confronted a dramatic dilemma: to be, or not to be fully a part of the new Europe. Their answer, which provoked an instant volley of slings and arrows from the nation's outraged Community partners, was an astounding no. By a 50.7% majority, meaning roughly 48,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast, Danes voted in a referendum not to ratify the treaty of Maastricht, a landmark agreement that pledges the Community to monetary as well as political union by the end of the century. Coming amid a...

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