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Skyggen fra Island

Av - 12.5.2010 08:58
Skyggen fra Island

Vulkanasken fra Island ligger som et monster over Europa. Grafikk: Met Office/VG

Det er ikke måte på hvordan lille Island herjer med Europa om dagen. Nylig brakte VG denne skremmende grafiske fremstillingen av askeskyen fra vulkanen Eyjafjallajökull. Monsteret som svever over Europa rammer stadig nye områder og koster milliarder av euro (og kroner) i innstilte fly og strandede passasjerer. Det smerter i en europeisk økonomi som sårt kunne trenge stabilitet og et optimistisk oppsving.

Men Island byr på flere skumle nyheter. Idag bringer Aftenposten meldingen om at Interpol har utstedt arrestordre på den tidligere styrelederen i den konkursrammede islandske banken Kaupthing, Sigurdur Einarsson.

Et og et halvt år etter at krisen i landet utløste den internasjonale finanskrisen høsten 2008 er det altså omsider tid for å ta tak i noen av de ansvarlige. På Island diskuteres det høylytt hvem som bør stilles for retten av “heltene” – nå skurkene – fra den gylne tiden da Island levde over evne og var et av verdens rikeste land.

Men islendingene er ikke bare glade for oppmerksomheten.

_ Vi er litt glade for at grekerne har overtatt overskriftene for en stund, sa den islandske TV-journalisten Ingolfur Bjarni Sigfusson på debattmøtet “Island og EU – bare en flørt?” i den nordiske ambassadebygningen i Berlin denne uken.

_ Men askeskyen viser i alle fall at Island ikke er sååå langt vekk fra Europa. Vi tilhører Europa på de fleste områder med unntak av den geologiske, sa ambassadør Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson.

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