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Iceland in the EU?

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A voter asks: “What’s happening with Iceland? Do you know if they have shown an interest in joining the European Union?”

In response: “My name is Paul Marie Couteaux and I am what is conventionally called a eurosceptic, though in spite of that I have been a europarliamentarian for France for the past ten years. The Iceland question is interesting. I’m not quite certain that the people of Iceland really want to get into the European Union. They know little about it. Perhaps it’s a life preserver in Iceland, in the fragile situation it’s in at the moment. But if they knew it better, I think its irredentist, insular character would hold the Icelandic people back from getting into this somewhat complex mechanism, I believe. And I think they’d have nothing to gain. Being so, it raises a very interesting question about Europe’s perimeter. There are two ways to make Europe: either we integrate a single legislation for 27, 30, 32, 35 countries if we go as far as Iceland, or we make Europe the way I would wish to. That is to say: in the form of cooperation between peoples, and from this point of view, sovereign peoples. And I think the people of Iceland – more than others – would want to remain sovereign. The people of Iceland, if they keep their sovereignty, and if their state participates in flexible group cooperation, have their place, no doubt about it, in another form of European Union.”