The Financial Times has a good piece today on Iceland’s potential [or more likely non, according to the article] membership to the European Union.
So Icelandic entry into the EU is far from automatic. It is a well-off, well-organised, law-abiding, creative society, and in this sense Iceland is far ahead of other countries queuing up to join the EU. But Iceland doesn’t like being told what to do – and when it comes to membership talks, telling a country what to do is what the EU, for better or worse, excels in.
No, Icelanders definitely do not like being told what to do. For better or for worse. And the proposal to rescind the application seems to be gaining momentum, with the Independence Party apparently set to pass a resolution to that effect at their national congress this weekend.
Oh, and then there’s the reaction to David Cameron’s declarations, which is a whole chapter unto itself. More on that later, perhaps — assuming I manage to steel myself for another round of Iceland-bashing.