Whaling as a Battleground: The EU Regulatory Empire and Denmark/Greenland

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At the Environment Council of Luxembourg on 5 June 2008, the European Union (EU) stated its common position in support of maintaining the moratorium on whaling/protection of whales. The present paper tries to present an overview of political relations between the EU, its member state Denmark and Denmark’s dominion Greenland while exploring the ‘regulatory empire’ concept with regard to whaling activities. In this respect, if we were to define the methodological approach of this paper in a single phrase, we could use the expression: “conceptual redefinition of the physical substance”. This approach enables us to theoretically explain the uncertainty that accompanies the act of the subject, and to make visible structural elements that have not been noticed so far.


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