Danes want an 'open Europe'

COPENHAGEN - Denmark took over the rotating leadership of the European Community yesterday, outlining its goals for the six-month presidency under the headline 'The Open Europe'.

Howden settles Great Belt dispute

HOWDEN Group, the Glasgow- based engineer, has settled the long-running dispute over the Danish Great Belt tunnelling contract, writes Heather Connon.

RECORDS / Double Play: Brian's large forces and Rued's awakening: Stephen Johnson and Edward Seckerson battle over an Englishman, a Dane, and five symphonies

Brian: Symphony No 4, 'Das Siegeslied'. Symphony No 12 - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choruses / Adrian Leaper (Marco Polo 8.223447)

Leading Article: Sticking to a principle

THE SHADOW Cabinet meets tomorrow to decide how Labour MPs should vote at the end of next week's paving debate reintroducing the Maastricht treaty Bill to the Commons for its third reading. Yesterday the party's foreign affairs spokesman, Dr Jack Cunningham, suggested that Labour should vote against the Government. He drew a distinction between the motion, a primarily technical measure, and the party's position on the treaty, which it supports with the proviso that Britain's opt-out on the social chapter and monetary union should be renounced. Dr Cunningham also reiterated Labour's view that the Bill should not go back to the Commons while the position of the Danes, who rejected the treaty in a referendum last summer, remains unclear.

Telephone companies resent EC price attack

BRUSSELS - Europe's monopoly telephone companies criticised a European Commission attack on the prices they charge for international calls, writes Tim Jackson.

Danes shift

Copenhagen (AFP) - A slim majority of Danes - 55 per cent - would support European union in a new referendum if Denmark were given special status, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday in the conservative Jyllands-Posten daily.

Danish MPs demand new treaty

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - A majority of the Danish parliament said yesterday that the Maastricht treaty would have to be renegotiated and re-ratified by other countries to include important changes sought by Denmark.

Letter: Democratic decisions

Sir: Could someone please explain why the democracies of Denmark, Eire and France merit a referendum while that of Britain does not. Does this Government not trust the electorate to make the 'right' decision, or is their decision considered to be irrelevant?

PROMS / Notices : Danish National Radio SO / Kitaenko - Royal Albert Hall / Radio 3

Day or night, sun or moon, a fair, faithful bride or the dark, enticing Elf-King's daughter? What a choice for poor Lord Oluf. How could any warm-blooded 19th-century composer fail to sympathise? For their Friday Prom, Dmitri Kitaenko and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra brought a setting of the story by Niels Gade, widely labelled as the father of Danish classical music, but rarely heard outside his own land. The Elf-King's Daughter has its sweet, gently colourful moments (and soprano Inge Nielsen certainly helped warm them to life) but the lack of pace becomes increasingly problematic as the grisly denouement approaches. One can't help wishing that the Mendelssohn of Die erste Walpurgisnacht had been around to offer a little advice.

Blow for Danes

COPENHAGEN (Reuter) - The Danish Agriculture Minister, Laurits Toernaes, expressed concern yesterday that beef exports could be hurt following the diagnosis of Denmark's first case of 'mad cow' disease - bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Olympics 1992 Wednesday 5 August: New Age: Rob Denmark - 5000 metres: Round 1 8.55pm

'They don't give us a chance,' says Rob Denmark of the critics bemoaning a drop in British endurance running standards. Denmark has a chance to prove the detractors wrong in Barcelona, as one of a British trio that has produced world-ranking times this season. 'It has brought me on to another level,' says Denmark of the new domestic rivalry.

Letter: Shrewd Danes still hold back European tide

YOUR leader 'Canute was a Good Thing' (28 June) suggests that the story of King Canute and the waves was 'Norman propaganda'. In fact, it has been stood on its head during this century, with the result that almost everyone who has heard of Canute thinks him foolish rather than wise. What the ancient tale actually told was that his courtiers tried to flatter him that so great a king could even hold back the rising of the tide. He took them with him to the shore precisely in order to expose their absurdity.
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