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Thorning-Schmidt: Denmark should embrace euro

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Denmark should become part of the eurozone as it would benefit the small, Scandinavian country, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in an interview.

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Though Ms. Thorning-Schmidt has no plans of calling for a referendum of Denmark's euro opt-out, Thorning-Schmidt personally believes the country should still join "eventually".

The Scandinavian country held a euro referendum in 2000 where 53.2% voted against adopting the EU's common currency. Since there is no sign that public opinion has changed since then, Ms. Thorning-Schmidt said she was careful about holding another vote, even though she believes joining the euro would be in Denmark's best interest, reports EurActiv.

Ms. Thorning-Schmidt believes that Denmark should get rid of some of the opt-outs it has negotiated in four EU policy areas - security and defence; citizenship; freedom, security and justice; and the economic and monetary union.

"What I'm saying is that we would gain more influence over matters that already affect us which a small country doesn't have much influence over anyway. This is what the EU is about, basically," Ms. Thorning-Schmidt Thorning-Schmidt said in an interview with Altinget.

"Therefore, I think that getting rid of the opt-outs would mean that we put ourselves in a place where we would have more influence on issues that affect our economy, our labour market and other things that really matter."

Ms. Thorning-Schmidt has worked in Brussels and has been an MEP from 1999-2004 before becoming prime minister.


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