Iceland-EU Fast-Track Comments “Bad Timing”

President of the European parliament Hans-Gert Pottering has sharply criticized EU commissioner Olli Rehn, calling Rehn’s statement that Iceland would likely be fast-tracked into European Union membership by 2011 “bad timing”. Pottering told Finnish paper Aamulehti that the focus of the EU is to get the highly-controversial Lisbon Treaty passed into law. “Now is not the time to talk about […]

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Norway To “Buy” Iceland?

Norway, which last controlled Iceland in the 14th century through the Kalmar federation, may seek to buy up the island nation’s debt so it would not join the European Union. An op-ed in Norwegian paper Dagens Naeringsliv titled, “About Helping Iceland” quotes Norwegian anti-EU expansion advocate Heming Olaussen, who says that there is a broad consensus in favor of lending […]

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Change Comes To Iceland

Cabinet positions for the new Red-Green Socialist coalition government in Iceland were announced Sunday, with an agenda to establish “a common ownership of resources to benefit the entire nation”, a rebuilding of the economy along IMF guidelines, protection of homes and small businesses against bankruptcy, and establishing a national referendum on membership in European Union. The most notable change in […]

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Iceland To Become EU Member by 2011

Efforts to save the flailing economy of Iceland may include a fast-track to European Union membership, says EU commissioner Olli Rehn. “The EU prefers two countries joining at the same time rather than individually,” Rehn said during an interview with the Guardian. “If Iceland applies shortly and the negotiations are rapid, Croatia and Iceland could join the EU in parallel. […]

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