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Rivals line up in battle for Greenland

Rivals line up in battle for Greenland

No, President Trump insisted, he had not been joking when he asked his advisers to look at the possibility of buying Greenland. “Strategically, it’s interesting,” Mr Trump said. “Essentially, it’s a large real estate deal.” Greenlandic and Danish leaders reacted with astonishment. Greenland “is open for business, not for sale,” the Danish government responded. Mr Trump’s talk of a “real estate deal” neglected to mention Greenland’s 58,000 citizens who are already overwhelmingly in favour of independence from Denmark, which oversees its defence and foreign policy. Yet Mr Trump is not the first American president to pitch such a sale, nor is he the only world leader to be eyeing up the strategically located island at a time of unprecedented interest in the Arctic. Greenland sits…

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