Germany Welcomes Iceland Into EU - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Germany Welcomes Iceland Into EU

Published July 12, 2011

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir met with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on an official visit regarding the European Union. Merkel told reporters that Germany looks forward to having Iceland as a part of the organisation.
RÚV reports that one of the main purposes of the visit has been to introduce Iceland’s conditions for accession. In this case, they involve fishing and agriculture – two of the strongest points of contention among Icelanders when it comes to the EU question.
Jóhanna told reporters that she felt introducing this platform was important, due to Germany’s special position of influence within the EU.
Merkel, for her part, said that Germans admire how Iceland has handled the 2008 banking crisis and managed to begin to bring themselves out of it. She added that she is delighted over the prospect of having Iceland join the European Union.
The two also discussed cooperative efforts in the fields of renewable energy and polar issues. Germany has a special interest in the subject, as they are observers on the Polar Council.

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