Unity is target of Danish EU presidency

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Denmark says it is determined to bring unity to the European Union as it takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency.

In her New Year address, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she was committing to cultivating consensus among all 27 EU members to solve the crisis in the 17-member eurozone.

Denmark is one of nine non-euro EU countries that agreed to support the euro club in drafting a new pact on fiscal responsibility to overcome the crisis, while Britain refused.

The prime minister was questioned on the matter at an royal reception last night in Copenhagen. Although the job of drafting the new intergovernmental fiscal pact lies with the European Council president, Thorning-Schmidt made it clear it wants to play an pivotal role in what happens, as the outcome affects its own future.