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Denmark begins six month EU presidency


They may be celebrating the start of 2012 in Copenhagen but as Denmark begins its six-month presidency of the European Union, many are wondering if the merriment is a bit premature.

Experts predict the eurozone’s troubles are far from over.

The country’s first female prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmitt, has pledged to help get Europe out of crisis.

Analysts said she is keen to avoid a split between the 17 eurozone members and the 10 non-euro countries, of which Denmark is one.

But others think the treaty issue is not cut and dried at home. After all, they say, Danes have a habit of voting against closer EU integration in referenda.

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