By Wojciech Moskwa
REYKJAVIK, March 8 (Reuters) – In the eyes of Icelanders, it seems Brussels can do no right. When it comes to fish, European Union bureaucrats intervene too much. When it comes to debt crises like Icesave or Greece, EU leaders simply don’t do enough.
The result is that on an island which has plenty of good reasons to join the bloc, interest in membership is now waning.
And that increases the odds that Iceland’s long-term future could be that it slips back into being a rocky outpost on the northern fringe of Europe, with its embattled currency prey to the ebbs and flows of financial markets.
“People are growing suspicious of the EU,” said Gudbjorg Andrea Jonsdottir, director at pollster Capacent. “They see the way Greece is being treated and realise that the type of security they hoped to gain as an EU member may not be there for the taking.”
The island nation of 320,000 people sought EU shelter after the collapse of its banks in 2008, seeing membership as a road out of a crisis that has hobbled its small independent currency and plunged the economy into deep recession.