As the SBU starts looking for a new Selection Committee, Julia has pointed me at the article on bridgetopics.com by Christian Vennerød, Norwegian NPC.
"How to choose the national team" is an interesting read (update: Part II now published).
According to wikipedia, Norway and Scotland have similar populations (around five million) and there seems little reason why we cannot achieve the same in the bridge world. Perhaps it is just cyclical or the effect of one or two great players, but Norway will be striving to win the European Team Championships while Scotland will be successful, beyond all expectations, if they finish in the top half of their group.
However it is fair to say that the means of selection probably has little effect on the Scottish performance but is far more important for Norway.
But time will tell when the championships commence in June.