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Why Denmark is voting on its defence relationship with the EU – and what it says about democracy in Europe

By Imelda Maher, Dean of Law and Sutherland Full Professor of European Law, University College Dublin
Dermot Hodson, Professor of Political Economy, Birkbeck, University of London
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On June 1, voters in Denmark will take part in a referendum on whether to end the country’s opt-out from EU defence policy, which prohibits Denmark from participating in EU defence matters. This means that when the EU deploys personnel under its common security and defence policy, Denmark participates in civilian but not military operations.

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