Herring bone of contention
The government in Copenhagen finds itself in the uncomfortable position of being required to impose an EU ban on herring and mackerel imports from the Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory under the Danish crown, after the EU Wednesday night passed the boycott on the North Atlantic island group. The sanction comes in reaction to Faroese fishermen catching three times their permitted quota of herring. Danish officials said they hope to broker a compromise before the ban goes into effect. Eurosecptics are calling on the government to place the kingdom's interests ahead of EU politics.