Countryaah.com, Denmark's relations with the EU were a hot topic
in 1996. When discussing a possible accession to EMU,
Denmark's right to be excluded if the country so chooses. A
legal examination of whether the country's accession to the
Maastricht Treaty and the EU contravenes the Constitution
was also initiated following a notification by Danish EU
opponents. The trial in the Supreme Court could take several
years and affect the negotiations on the EU's continued work
initiated by the IGC in the autumn. In anticipation of a
verdict, Denmark had difficulty ratifying already signed
agreements, especially those that could be interpreted to
give increased power to the EU and diminished power to the
countries themselves, which complicated the work in the EU.
As the EU treaty began to be renegotiated, the debate on a
new referendum on EU membership flared up again.
During the autumn, the so-called Rushdi business was also
developed, caused by the government's decision not to grant
Iranian author Salman Rushdie entry permit when he was to
receive a European Literature Prize in Copenhagen. The
reason was that they were not considered to be able to
guarantee his safety. After a storm, both domestically and
abroad, the government was forced to change. The deal had
consequences in the parliament, where the two left parties
Socialist People's Party and the Unity List saved the
government from a distrust vote.
The days before Christmas, the Center Democrats left the
government coalition. Prime Minister Nyrup Rasmussen
presented a new government on December 30, consisting of six
representatives from Radical Venstre and 15 from the Social
Economically, 1996 was a good year for Denmark. Continued
growth, combined with falling unemployment figures, helped
the government to present a balanced budget for the first
time in a long time.