Denmark says No
Danish voters decided last week by a margin of 53% to 47% not to
enter the single currency. The vote came at the end of along and
hotly contested referendum campaign by political parties, the
media, trade unions and a range of interest groups.
Even this week, in the aftermath of the referendum, the power
brokers in the EU Commission and the European Central bank were
more worried about what effects the referendum would have on the
value of the euro, rather than the real warning shot it sounded
to the rest of Europe about people's feelings on EU integration.
Denmark is the only one of the 15 EU member states to have a
referendum on this issue. The others were all able to either
avoid a referendum on the euro, or in the case of the 26
counties, include it as part of the small price we would have to
pay to get our hands on all that EU money.
Sweden and Britain are to hold referenda in the next three years
on the euro entry. Isn't it time that the rest of Europe was
actually asked what they think about this important element? Many
Europeans and Irish republicans want to be part of a real process
of inclusion and mutual support and alliance. When will the EU's
establishment realise that the Europe they are building is
perhaps not the one EU citizens actually want to live in.