Christianshavn

My favourite area which used to be a bit rough but now is very trendy and bohemian.

The many canals and cobbled streets adds to the atmosphere and the houses are very old here as most avoided the fire of Copenhagen.

This area also holds the famous Christiania, the semi autonomous community of used-to-be hippies on the former army territory.

In the old days most of Christianshavn was army or navy base and navy ship yards and still to this day holds the Danish navy headquarters.

Many bars and restaurants have recently opened here and some of the old places have gone up-market.

My favourite places in this area are:

Christianshavn was part of the original fortress of Copenhagen hence it is having fortifications and moats from the north-east down to the south of the area identified by the zig-zag pattern on the map:

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Some typical views:

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Christiania

Had to make this post, not that this area is unknown but to confirm my support to what they are doing in this alternative community.

Since it’s establishment in the early 70’s as a hippie community is has been troubled by controversy.

However it also managed to give many troubled young people a home; values and living that got them away from the streets and away from the crime.

For foreigners it is most known for it’s selling of hash in Pusher Street but but lesser known for also banning all hard drugs from the territory efficiently enforced by the local residents as the police is mostly undesired in this place.

When you do visit – it is free to get in but please do not forget to buy a Christiania Share! I bought one for 50Kr and it supports the community there!

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Home of the Christiania Bikes:

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Be sure to have a longer walk outside the main areas to see some gems of alternative housing:

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EU – Article 50

Just to remind myself what this says…

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Highlights in my own words

  1. Any country may leave due to own requirements (another way to say you cannot be kicked out)
  2. If any country decides to withdraw; that country needs to tell the European Council (the timer will start then)
  3. The country leaves the EU based on an agreed date or if no date is agreed then 2 years after the timer started above
  4. The country leaving will be left out of meetings concerning the country leaving the EU
  5. The country can re-join again later based like any other non-EU country (no hard feelings!)

Original text below from http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:12012M050&from=EN

Article 50

  1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
  2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
  3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
  4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.
    A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

Article 218(3)

Just to ensure nothing sinister is in here…

  • The Commission, or the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy where the agreement envisaged relates exclusively or principally to the common foreign and security policy, shall submit recommendations to the Council, which shall adopt a decision authorising the opening of negotiations and, depending on the subject of the agreement envisaged, nominating the Union negotiator or the head of the Union’s negotiating team.