Denmark plans second referendum on unity
Denmark wants substantial additions to the Maastricht Treaty on European economic, political, and monetary union, Prime Minister Poul Schlueter said Sept. 22.
He told a news conference he would present Denmark's wishes when he meets British Prime Minister John Major in London Sept. 30. Britain holds the rotating European Community presidency.
Mr. Schlueter said Denmark will hold a second referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, which Danish voters rejected by a narrow margin in June. He said the treaty would not go into effect before the referendum, which would be held sometime in mid-1993.
The Danish rejection of the treaty threw the accord into doubt in June. Voters were concerned about losing power to EC bureaucrats in Brussels.
"As a special Danish wish, I can say that we don't want to be tied to the European Monetary Union's third phase," Schlueter said. He refused to elaborate, but the third phase focuses on a single European currency.
During the Danish referendum campaign, voters were skeptical about a common defense policy within the EC. Schlueter refused to comment on whether Denmark, a member of NATO, would want exemptions on that issue in the treaty.
Schlueter stressed that the government "doesn't want to renegotiate the treaty, but rediscuss it." Germany sets date to begin treaty ratification
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's ruling coalition plans to bring the Maastricht Treaty before parliament on Oct. 8 and wants to complete ratification by the end of the year, party officials said Sept. 22.
Leaders from Mr. Kohl's center-right coalition agreed to this schedule despite calls from politicians to renegotiate the treaty on European union after French voters narrowly approved it in a referendum Sept. 20.