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Norway Working against EU Membership for Iceland?

According to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, two Norwegian political parties, the Socialist Left Party (SV) and the Center Party (Sp), sent delegations to Iceland last weekend in an effort to make local politicians less enthusiastic about applying for European Union membership for Iceland.

“Our sister party [the Progressive Party] is having a general meeting next weekend and is going to form their policy on EU membership for Iceland, and it is interesting for us to follow the debate,” said Aaslaug Haga of the Center Party.

Haga denied that the members of the Center Party delegation are going to serve as some sort of missionaries to try to convince their counterparts in Iceland not to join the EU.

But the Norwegian politicians are going to highlight the advantages of remaining outside the EU, Aftenposten claimed. Center Party representatives have a meeting scheduled with Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde of the Independence Party.

Dag Seierstad of the Socialist Left Party participated in a seminar with their sister party in Iceland, the Left-Greens, last weekend.

“Every market creates centralization. And a large European market creates centralization of extensive proportions,” Seierstad told his Icelandic counterparts, reminding them that Norway, in contrast to the EU members Denmark and Sweden, has its own vote in the international forum.

The Left-Greens decided last weekend to remain against EU membership for Iceland, while the Progressive Party is more likely to be in favor of it. The Independence Party is also becoming more positive towards joining the EU and will form its policy on the matter later this month.

Click here to read more about the attitude towards the EU in Iceland.

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