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Iceland’s Ruling Parties Reach Agreement on EU

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Iceland’s Ruling Parties Reach Agreement on EU

The coalition parties, the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens, which are currently discussing continued cooperation in government, have reached an agreement on the European Union, the issue on which their platforms differ the most.

The EU Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

According to Morgunbladid’s sources, the compromise includes that the Althingi parliament will be left with the ultimate decision on whether EU membership discussions should begin or not.

In this way the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens can agree to disagree on the EU question without jeopardizing their continued cooperation in government. The Social Democrats are for EU membership while the Left-Greens are against it.

“We have mapped that case out extensively and realized what our opportunities are for further discussions,” Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, chairman of the Left-Greens, told Morgunbladid after a long meeting between the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of both parties last night.

“I wouldn’t say that we were running against that issue more than other issues at the moment, but we haven’t reached a final decision on that either,” Sigfússon added.

Morgunbladid was unable to reach Prime Minister and chairwoman of the Social Democrats Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir to comment on the stance of EU discussions with the Left-Greens.

If everything goes according to plan, a new government will be formed at the end of this week.

Click here to read more about the ongoing government talks.

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