An article that appeared on The Guardian website yesterday has a pretty astute take on the Iceland-EU situation. Surely of interest to anyone who wonders what on earth the EU could possibly want with Iceland.
Despite the banking dispute, many leaders across Europe are keen to see Iceland in the union because of its strategic value and location in the north Atlantic.
“There [has been] a lot of discussion recently of the strategic importance of the Arctic area. This is where Iceland could be very useful,” said Fuele.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch …
The greater opposition to EU membership is in Iceland itself, which has jealously guarded its independence for decades. […] While the government applied to join the EU last year, the population remains divided, not least because the main industry, fishing, would fall under Brussels’ discredited common fisheries policy.