In Iceland: Europe woos Arctic allies

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First minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland was seeking new friends in the Arctic last week in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, as were other high-profile Europeans – including the EU’s first-ever ‘ambassador to the Arctic’.

“Scotland is closer to the Arctic than to London,” Sturgeon said, encouraging further economic and people-to-people cooperation between Scotland and the Arctic countries. An advocate of Scotland’s independence she argued for closer ties well into the future: “Our scope for cooperation goes beyond energy and economic cooperation,” she said.

Addressing some 2,000 participants at the so-called Arctic Circle conference, an annual event, she said she regretted the UK’s decision to leave the EU and vowed to press for the UK’s continued membership of the single market. “I deeply regret the UK decision”, she said. “In perhaps not too much time Scotland will be a fully independent country. The challenge is to make our voice heard now.” Segolene Royal, a former French presidential candidate, who was recently appointed France’s ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles, called for continued support for the 2016 Paris climate accords…

Read more : EUObserver, 16.10.2017