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As Poland before her, Denmark is not part of the eurozone yet its woes will be one of the main preoccupations of the Danish Presidency.

"Denmark will work for a responsible European economy," said Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as she presented her country's official four-pronged programme for the first half of 2012. "Europe has to get out of this crisis, prevent new crises and focus on growth and job creation."

The first area - "a responsible Europe" - touches mainly upon fiscal consolidation and efforts to push on as much as possible with the negotiations in view of forging a deal on the post-2013 multiannual financial framework (MFF). The second one - "a dynamic Europe" - focuses on growth and employment, placing the...

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