Vladimir Putin

Bech, George

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Interest in Denmark by Canada. The many difficulties through which Denmark has passed in these war years. Denmark's present economic and political status. A consideration of the period that has passed since the early sixties when those two States against which the allied nations now defend themselves took away from Denmark one-fifth of its area. The Schleswig-Holstein question still an integral part of Danish history. Focus now on what effect the American embargo and the Northern neutrals being almost wholly shut off from commercial intercourse with the Allies and the United States will have on Scandinavian affairs. Danish neutrality to be maintained to the end. Denmark always to look upon the British speaking people as friends and kindred. Conditions in Denmark before the war. Agriculture in Denmark at the time of the War of 1864 and after. Competition from the U.S., Canada and Australia. Changes in the farming system in Denmark from grain to intensive dairy farming. Progress in this industry, with some illustrative figures. Exportation before the War. Exports and imports before and since the War. The development and success of business on the co-operative basis by Danish farmers. Export limitations during the War. Some price figures. The increase the wages of the laborers and the salaries of all officials in private and government employ, and the resultant much higher taxes, and reasons for these impositions. The great and steadily increasing material suffering in Denmark, with examples. The mental suffering that is worse, but difficult to explain to people who do not live in such proximity to the actual battlefield as do the Danes. An attempted and descriptive explanation of these conditions. Limits to freedoms as well as to material goods. The ever-present dread that some untoward move from without may upset every present calculation regarding the inviolability of Danish soil. A response to those who demand that Denmark should place herself openly at the side of the Allies and the U.S. in their fight for democracy. The close proximity of Denmark to Germany, and the quite long distances which separate Denmark form the Allies. The Kiel Canal as a major factor which has allowed Denmark to maintain her status as a free and independent nation during the war. The Baltic, likely to play a most conspicuous part in the world trade of the future, and Denmark's expectations to take a prominent role. The only possible policy of neutrality for Denmark. Effects of the American embargo. Denmark fully conscious as to the meaning of American's present policy, and the realization by the Danish public that it is created by necessity, and that the feelings of Americans are no less friendly now than in days past. An assumption that Canada fosters the same friendly feeling toward Denmark. A few words about the Danish ministry in this connection, which has led Denmark during these years. The question of international character. The closer relationship between Denmark and her neighbours in Scandinavia, Sweden and Norway as a result of the War. A Scandinavian revival today in effect which bears strong relation to events of half a century and more ago. The possibility of a Scandinavian union of some kind.

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