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“Mackerel war”: the EU argues that Iceland’s fishing quota is unsustainable

Iceland is the world’s longest running democracy. At a time when European Union institutions are still being criticised for a democratic deficit, Iceland would be a valuable and welcome member of the club. However, the European Commission should remain firm on its negotiating demands on fishing and whaling.

Iceland applied to join the EU in 2009, in the aftermath of its banking crisis. The island saw EU membership as a route to economic recovery. Out of the 35 negotiating chapters,…

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