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Posté le: Ven 22 Aoû - 03:14 (2008) Sujet du message: Danemark : l'hebdomadaire anglais THE ECONOMIST lève enfin le tabou médiatique sur les couples mixtes
THE ECONOMIST, l'une des revues internationales de référence, a enfin publié un article sur la déconfiture du Gouvernement Danois lié à son traitement des couples mixtes. Multinational vous publie le texte original en anglais, ceux qui souhaitent traduire en français peuvent utiliser google translator mais la qualité de traduction est tout juste compréhensible.L'article date du 14 août, les évènements postérieurs ne sont donc pas pris en compte. L'article de référence reste donc pour le moment l'analyse publiée par multinational.leforum.eu le 17 août.
Denmark, immigration and the EU Hoist by its own policy Aug 14th 2008 | COPENHAGEN From The Economist print edition Denmark defers its plans to drop its opt-outs from European Union policies
NOTHING characterises Anders Fogh Rasmussen more than his knack of devising and delivering intricate stratagems. His blueprints for winning elections, retaining power and pulling off improbable compromises are the stuff of Danish political lore. Yet the prime minister’s latest game plan has come unstuck. It was designed to serve a dual purpose: to bolster Denmark’s standing as a European Union country by ditching its inconvenient opt-outs from EU treaties, and to enhance his own candidacy for a top Brussels job. Mr Fogh Rasmussen has spent years cajoling Danes to drop their doubts over joining the euro and to accept deeper EU co-operation on defence and judicial matters. His strategy appeared to be working. Opinion polls in recent months have suggested that Danes are ready to adopt the euro, to fight under an EU flag and maybe cosy up on judicial affairs too. A referendum to scrap at least one of these opt-outs was pencilled in for the autumn—until Irish voters cast a spanner in the works by rejecting the Lisbon treaty in June. Mr Fogh Rasmussen waited until this month to postpone the referendum indefinitely. “The situation is so unclear after the Irish vote that a Danish referendum is no longer relevant,” he admitted on August 7th. Yet some blame the cancellation not on the Irish but on revelations through the summer of deep conflicts between Danish immigration practices and the EU’s rules on free movement of labour. Indeed, Marianne Vestager, leader of the opposition Social Liberals, condemned the postponement of the EU referendum as a ruse to deflect attention from the question of whether Danes seeking to bring their foreign spouses to Denmark had been deliberately misled by the authorities. A mishmash of regulations imposed by Mr Fogh Rasmussen since 2002 has slashed the inflow of non-Danish spouses. Few mixed-marriage couples satisfy the strict thresholds for age, wealth and cultural affinity. So several thousand have set up home in neighbouring Sweden instead, many of them commuting across the Oresund bridge to work in Copenhagen. Many of these couples, such as Loke Busch and his Chinese wife, Xiaofei, were aghast when it emerged that their two-year exile in Sweden had been unnecessary. EU rules on labour movement mean that Mr Busch needed only to take a Swedish job for a few weeks to secure a Danish residence permit for his wife. Yet, despite some 40 meetings with the Danish immigration authorities, Mr Busch (and thousands like him) were in the dark about this loophole until it was revealed by Berlingske Tidende, a Danish newspaper. Mr Busch and his wife might win compensation for the inconvenience they have suffered. But unfortunately for them and others, Danish public opinion remains solidly in favour of tight immigration controls. Indeed, fear of “opening the floodgates” to uncontrolled immigration may put Danish rapprochement with the EU off the agenda, whatever happens to the Lisbon treaty. At least until the Danes sort out their tangled immigration policy.