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Dagna
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, 02:49 AM
Iceland Wants to Vote on EU Membership

According to a new opinion poll by Capacent, 70 percent of participants want a referendum on whether Iceland should apply for EU membership. Fifty percent of participants said they would vote for Iceland joining the EU.

Only 17.5 percent of participants in the poll said they were against a referendum on EU membership and 27 percent of participants said they were against joining the EU, Fréttabladid reports.

Although the poll was undertaken on behalf of supporters of EU membership from Iceland within the Progressive Party, the majority of voters for all political parties in Iceland said they agreed to a referendum.

Eighty-three percent of participants who support the Social Democrats want a referendum and 78 percent of Left-Green supporters. Almost 70 percent of Progressive Party supporters and 50 percent of Independence Party supporters want a referendum.

But people who want a referendum do not necessarily support EU membership. Almost 80 percent of Social Democrat supporters and 36 percent of Independence Party supporters want Iceland to apply.

Both parties are in Iceland’s coalition government; The Social Democrats are officially for EU membership and the Independence Party officially against it.

Capacent called 1,200 people, 18 and older, randomly at the beginning of October and 68.9 percent participated in the opinion poll.

http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16567&ew_0_a_id=313921

Carl
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, 01:55 PM
Yes - but do the people actually want to join the EU.... or do they prefer their financial independence ? :oanieyes

SwordOfTheVistula
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008, 10:55 AM
The EU is like a drug habit: it's quite appealing at first, but once hooked, it just gets worse, and it's extremely hard to get out of.

Sigurd
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008, 11:10 AM
Indeed, they might be considering this in the collective panic over the "credit crunch" because they see how the continent, as well as and especially the UK, has dealt with these issues and how they ran into lesser difficulties. What they are of course forgetting is that technically, Iceland has only one bank of world renown, and when that went down, it was probably a problem of size rather than currency.

It may seem convenient for them at present to join the EU for matters of financial security, but in the long run I can only see negative outcomes for Iceland. Even without EU membership, the amount of Poles in Iceland has already risen to 8,000 ... and considering the population of Iceland is only 300,000, this is proportionately over the figure for the UK (the latter having approx. 1 million Poles amongst a population of 60 Million). With EU membership, under the maxim of "free movement of workers", Iceland could have no legal remedy against being absolutely swamped by foreigners from all over the EU (and that is, as we know a construct that surpasses the at least somewhat related Germanic sphere by far, and most immigrants tend to be Poles and the similar type) ... and it probably would not be before long that they would have to compromise their comparedly harsh naturalisation laws - and who knows, maybe eventually they'd even have to ditch patronymics?!

And then finally, finally, let us not forget that any food produce (farming) restrictions that apply to certain months etc. that already hinder Finland and Sweden would probably prove as an obstacle to Iceland all the more. :|

vikingur
Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 04:42 PM
I really hope it won't happen. I know that many Icelanders are worried about the economy crisis, but a EU- membership is not a solution! Will it be possible to persuade the Icelanders not to join the EU? Is liberty nothing that counts in our wealth-oriented society? European people should open thier eyes and do something for our freedom, independence and our individuality.

Housecard
Saturday, January 24th, 2009, 11:16 PM
These polls are often made up propaganda and the EU Zionists and their complicit media are no doubt behind this.They want all independent states like Iceland.They cannot bare to have free people, free.Don't even think about it several countries are on the verge of pulling out especially if this recession turns into a depression.

Eoppoyz
Sunday, February 15th, 2009, 12:23 AM
If they really want to be an independent country they should vote NO. The EU would destroy Iceland.

InvaderNat
Sunday, February 15th, 2009, 10:14 PM
They just had a revolution over the damage globalization caused and now they want to join the EU?!! Has Iceland gone mad or something? perhaps it should be quarantined due to an outbreak of Europhilla.

Ragnar Lodbrok
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Iceland Wants to Vote on EU Membership

Both parties are in Iceland’s coalition government; The Social Democrats are officially for EU membership and the Independence Party officially against it.


http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16567&ew_0_a_id=313921

What a surprise, International Socialists putting their bid for class struggle on the EU.:thumbdown

If they win self-determination and nationhood for Iceland is in danger.

GroeneWolf
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, 06:29 PM
If it comes to a referendum, I hope they will vote against it with a massive majority/