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Denmark Takes Over EU Presidency, Ireland Takes Helm At OSCE

Denmark is taking over the EU presidency amid a crisis over the future of the euro currency.
With the advent of the new year, Denmark is taking over the rotating presidency of the European Union, Ireland is assuming the chairmanship of the OSCE, and five countries are getting temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council.

Denmark is taking over the six-month EU presidency from Poland. Denmark’s presidency comes amid a crisis in the bloc over the future of the euro and Britain’s decision at a summit in December to refuse to participate in new EU financial stabilization measures.

Denmark is among the 10 EU member states that do not use the euro currency.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be taking over from Lithuania as Chair of the Organization For Security and Cooperation In Europe (OSCE).

The OSCE plays a role in negotiations aimed at settling conflicts including between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, over the Transdniester territory in Moldova, and between Russia and Georgia.

At the UN, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo are starting two-year terms on the 15-nation Security Council,

compiled from agency reports

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