Iceland Tries To Come In From the Cold

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Last week, Iceland formally applied to join the European Union. Forty-eight hours later, the 27 EU member states welcomed Reykjavik’s overtures and instructed the European Commission in Brussels to begin a preliminary examination. Such prompt reaction — the Brussels equivalent of the speed of light — has caused dismay among other applicants who are engaged in lengthy talks for membership. In the past, Icelanders have not been enthusiastic about joining the European Union, largely because it would mean opening its fishing areas to other fleets — and fishing is the island’s main industry. So this sudden application has seemed to […]


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