The Political and Economic Situation of Iceland in the Context of EU Application Withdrawal


  • Lidia Pokrzycka Maria Curie‑Skłodowska University, Lublin



Iceland, economy situation, European Union application withdrawal


Under the influence of the crisis of 17 July 2009, Iceland presented its application for accession to the European Union, and a year later began accession negotiations. However, a problematic issue is catch limits as instead of 200‑mile fishing belt they won during the Cod Wars there would be just 12 miles of fisheries intended for Icelanders. Therefore, the accession negotiations stood at a standstill, the more that the current situation of the euro does not encourage Iceland to join the EU. Recently it turned out that Iceland does not want to join the European Union. In this article, I introduce arguments for and against Iceland joining the European Union. I introduce the economic, political and social situation in Iceland based on my own research on the island from 2010. In 2013, I completed a journalism internship in the editorial team of the Icelandic weekly Reykjavik Grapevine.


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Author Biography

Lidia Pokrzycka, Maria Curie‑Skłodowska University, Lublin

Specializes in public relations, media economy, marketing, cross-cultural communication. She had whole semester lectures “Media Communication in a Multicultural Environment” in Ventspils University College in Latvia (2014-15), and cooperate, among others, with the University of Iceland, Erasmus University College in Brussels, Antwerp Platijn University College, Yasar University in Izmir. Implemented grants, among others, within the framework of Norway Grants (FSS) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Nominated for the title of “Eduinspirator” Foundation for the Development of the Education System in the category of higher education through the use of customized, practical educational methods and the promotion of teaching in English (2015), received honorable mention FRSE in the competition “Eduispiracje” for lectures and research in Iceland (2013). She is the author, among others, 4 monographs, over 140 scientific papers and 70 science-popular articles.


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How to Cite

Pokrzycka, Lidia. 2017. “The Political and Economic Situation of Iceland in the Context of EU Application Withdrawal”. Politeja 14 (4(49):189-202.