Brussels wary of Danish vote

BRUSSELS - The city is hot and sticky not just because of the weather: there is only a week to go until the Danish referendum. Once bitten, when 50.7 per cent of Danish voters said 'no' to the Maastricht treaty in June, the European political class is now twice shy. Although the opinion polls show a clear lead for a 'yes' vote, EC officials remain wary, writes Sarah Lambert. But Denmark's EC partners are, in private, prepared to consider what would happen if the Danes voted 'no'. The possible scenarios, including whether or not Britain would find it politically impossible to ratify the treaty were the Danes to vote 'no', are so hypothetical as to be largely meaningless. But it is clear that there is no question of rolling back the process of integration initiated with the Maastricht treaty. At worst, it would probably go ahead with 10 signatories.

Denmark 'no' group rallies as rivals split

THE campaign against the Maastricht treaty in Denmark sought to regain the initiative yesterday, as polls registered rising support for the treaty but the 'yes' camp showed signs of splitting.

Denmark urges support for East

Denmark yesterday urged West European nations to open up their markets to Eastern Europe to prevent the region from turning its back on democracy, AP reports from Copenhagen.

Danes think again

Support for the Maastricht treaty in Denmark continues to slide ahead of next month's referendum on the issue, according to the latest opinion poll, Andrew Marshall reports from Brussels.

Badminton / All-England Championships: Clark's dream runs out of steam

GILL CLARK'S hopes of reaching the third All-England final of her career came to nothing for the second time in two nights when she and Nick Ponting, the English National Mixed Doubles champions, were beaten in the semi-finals at Wembley yesterday, writes James Leigh.

Danish PM expects referendum success

The Danish Prime Minister, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, speaking yesterday after talks with Mr Major in London, said: 'I wish, from the Danish (EC) presidency's seat, that the UK, at the end of the day, is making a decision that is good for the UK and for Europe - a ratification of the treaty.' He believed the new Danish referendum would approve the pact.

EC still hopes for trade deal

BRUSSELS - The EC still regards it as possible to agree a world trade deal with the US, writes Andrew Marshall.

Ship runs aground

FIVE crew from the Danish cargo ship Bettina Danica, which went aground on the island of Stroma just north of John o'Groats, were winched to safety by an RAF helicopter after tugs failed to tow the vessel from rocks.

Danish 'yes'

COPENHAGEN (Reuter) - An opinion poll published yesterday showed a clear majority of Danes would vote 'yes' to the Maastricht treaty in a second referendum on 18 May. The poll by Gallup Denmark showed 54 per cent would vote 'yes' and 25 per cent 'no' while 21 per cent were undecided or would not vote.

Danes to vote in May on EC pact

COPENHAGEN (Reuter) - The Danish government announced that the country's second referendum on the Maastricht treaty would be held on 18 May. The referendum will be on whether to accept a revised deal which allows Danes to opt out of the treaty's long-term plans for a common currency and joint defence.

Pound falls again as Danish kroner slides

HOPES of lower interest rates drove sterling to record lows yesterday for the second successive day, while the European exchange rate mechanism was hit by another wave of speculation after Saturday's devaluation of the Irish punt, writes Peter Torday.

Media / Talk of the Trade: More sex, please

EIGHTY-SEVEN per cent of the 135,000 subscribers to the soft-porn Adult Channel want it to be more explicit and erotic, according to a survey by the channel. Unlike the unregulated Red Hot Dutch, whose hard-core material is transmitted from Denmark, the Adult Channel is regulated by the Independent Television Commission, which demands heavy cuts in its mainly American material. Viewers - women as well as men - say they would like to see more sex.

Danish setback

COPENHAGEN (Reuter) - Denmark's Social Democrat leader, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, suffered setbacks in his attempt to form Denmark's first majority government since 1971. Mr Rasmussen - who is trying to take over from Poul Schluter, who resigned as prime minister last week - planned new talks with possible coalition partners today.

Danish leader's fall will delay Maastricht vote

COPENHAGEN - The Danish Prime Minister, Poul Schluter resigned yesterday in the wake of a political scandal, risking a delay in Denmark's second referendum on the Maastricht treaty, and prolonging uncertainty within the EC, writes Sarah Lambert.

Howden payout up 7% at half-time

HOWDEN Group, which makes industrial fans and tunnel-digging equipment, increased pre-tax profits to pounds 6.1m ( pounds 5.8m) in the six months to the end of October 1992, writes Tom Stevenson.
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