The EU and whaling
The EU Commission has been playing backroom games to ensure that Denmark gets its quota for Greenland at the forthcoming IWC meeting in Slovenia (11th-18th Sepetember), and we shall discuss this more in the coming days in these very blogs, but one has to ask if the Commission has not had its sights on protecting whales, but has it been more concerned with what the composition of the EU Commission will look like for the coming few years? Many in the Commission and many of those in European governments favour the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to become the next President of the European Council.
Has this internal politics been guiding the EU Commission in its overwhelming drive to deliver Greenland a quota? So far, from what we know, its not the whales that are winning under EU patronage.
Watch this space.