After the Second World War an independent Icelandic Republic was declared, this was outside of the EEC and distant from all other nations with the exception of the United States and Denmark. In 1947 an appeal from King Christian X for Icelanders to “rejoin their brothers” triggered a campaign within Iceland for re-union with the motherland, although polls showed that Icelanders favoured a Republic the personal popularity of Christian X coupled with the Soviet Annexation of Finland caused the people of Iceland to reintegrate themselves into Denmark as the fact that the Icelandic Presidents son had served in the SS emerged. Like Greenland they have been given home rule whilst Denmark takes priorities over foreign affairs.