Tuesday, February 19, 2008

European disunion

Kosovan independence is testing the mettle of those who believe that the EU should have a united foreign policy. Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Slovakia are refusing to recognise Kosovo. These countries are largely concerned that the precedent will clear the way for the independence of minorities within their own countries, for example, the Basques, Catalans and Turkish Cypriots.
Meanwhile in Iceland there is much discussion about whether to join the Euro. The central bank of Iceland was outraged by an application from the two largest banks there to report their accounts in Euros. A paper has been written suggesting that they abandon the krona and adopt the Euro. This in turn has provoked outrage in Brussels. No country can decide unilaterally to join the Euro, it says. A country has to be invited to join and Iceland has not yet been invited. So there you have it.


Blogger kinglear said...

I rather like the idea of Europe returning to an area where every individual ethnic minority has it's own country. Should be a lot more tax havens......

10:40 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Do you think Berwick-upon-Tweed has a chance as a tax haven?

11:46 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Absolutely! ( fantastic fishing!)

2:33 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

How interesting, I didn't know that. I did know that Norway chose to leave and Switzerland is doing very nicely on its own.

5:49 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

And of course Belgium could be divided into three states: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. We still have an interim government by the way.

8:45 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Poor Iceland!

12:38 am  

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