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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.

The Bluffer's Briefing: Strikes

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Danes to produce jobs plan for EC

THE DANISH presidency of the EC will table a new package to combat unemployment throughout Europe at the Copenhagen summit in June, Danish officials revealed last night. The proposal was the main topic in talks between John Major and the new Danish Prime Minister, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

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.

Support wanes

COPENHAGEN (AP) - A majority of the Danes still support the Maastricht treaty, but support has shrunk, according to a poll yesterday.

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.

Health Update: Hip protector

A PLASTIC hip protector designed by Danish doctors could reduce the risk of hip fractures in elderly people by half, a study has shown. The authors, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Copenhagen, say that most hip fractures are caused by direct physical injury to the hip in a fall, and they have designed an external hip shield, fixed in specially designed underwear, to soften the impact.

Cold shoulder

COPENHAGEN (AP) - Greenland's Prime Minister, Lars-Emil Johansen, said his government might reconsider the American presence on the island if the US Air Force will not fly civilians on its northern military route.

Bridge building

HELSINKI (AFP) - Finland and Denmark have reached a settlement of a dispute arising from Denmark's plan to build a bridge linking its two main islands of Zealand and Funen, officials said. The span will connect Zealand, on which Copenhagen is located, to Funen to the west, which in turn is linked by a bridge to the mainland.

Opposition grows

COPENHAGEN (AP) - More than two months after Danish voters rejected the Maastricht Treaty on European political and economic union, opposition to the treaty has grown, a poll indicated yesterday.
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