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Changing the Danish constitution requires a majority in Parliament (or perhaps a 2/3 supermajority, I don't recall precisely); followed by a ratification in a referendum by a 2/3 supermajority of the cast votes, with 40 % of the eligible votes being quorum; followed by a ratification by a new parliament.

So it takes at least one general election and one referendum. Hypothetically, you could do the whole thing in the space of two months... but that's only if you have a "national consensus" type situation.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 08:01:58 AM EST
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You don't need a general election to assemble a supermajority in parliament.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 09:51:10 AM EST
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No, but you do need a general election to get a new parliament, which is a constitutional requirement. For precisely that reason.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 10:44:21 AM EST
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I missed the followed by a ratification by a new parliament bit at the end.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 10:49:41 AM EST
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In Sweden it is majority of parliament, election, then majority of parliament. If a motion to hold a referendum is presented in the first parliament it takes 2/3 in the first parliament to stop it or a referendum with veto-powers (only a no is binding) would be held at the same time as the election.

In real terms the election of 2014 is the shortest time, but theoretically I guess an extraordinary election would do in Sweden (I am not certain). If an extraordinary election does the trick, then an election can be called three months after the decision, but it still has to pass nine months between the decisions, unless you can muster 5/6 of the first parliament to say otherwise. So with 5/6 in the first parliament and majority in the second, the constitution can be changed in 3 months. Probably.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES!

by A swedish kind of death on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 02:50:08 PM EST
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But Sweden is not in the Euro, so: pannkaka!

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2011 at 04:45:02 PM EST
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But a signatory to the EMU. Just constantly failing to qualify for the eurozone (to volatile currency).

Which is irrelevant if you go country by country, then of course only the eurozone members is needed.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES!

by A swedish kind of death on Thu Aug 18th, 2011 at 06:54:51 AM EST
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