ICELAND: New Republic

Last week the northwesternmost outpost of Europe moved a little closer to the U.S. By vote of its 1,011-year-old Althing ("Grandmother of Parliaments"), Iceland cut its last ties with Nazi-ruled Denmark, renounced the sovereignty of Danish Christian X, moved to establish a republic.

This was not unexpected. Since World War I a treaty of union has bound Iceland to Denmark only by loyalty to the same crown. The treaty promised Icelanders the chance to review the question of independence in 1940. When the Nazis seized Denmark last spring, the Icelanders temporarily took...

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