Prime Minister of Iceland and leader of the Social-Democratic Alliance Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said in her speech to her party’s caucus yesterday that European Union-minded socialists from all political parties should join forces.
Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
She added the Social Democrats are prepared to change their name and leadership to create a platform for all those eager to work towards EU membership for Iceland who are currently scattered in many different parties, Fréttabladid reports.
“For how long are European-minded people going to work for parties who fight against membership talks both openly and in secret?” Sigurdardóttir asked.
“For how long are supporters of increased equality, democracy, income for the nation from its natural resources and powerful social security system going to work for parties that fight against the progression of these important issues both openly and in secret?” she added.
The PM said the Social Democrats are open for everyone thinking along these lines. “A new organization, new name, new leadership and other changes should not stand in the way of that.”
She stated that general wage earners, pensioners and families with children should enjoy the economic growth in the coming years the most.
“The super-pay gang, financial gangsters and high asset elite will not be allowed to suck away all the economic growth of the future if we have anything to say about it. It is enough that the nation has had to pay for the last party they held,” the PM commented.
As for EU membership, Sigurdardóttir said a fully completed agreement on Iceland’s admission to the EU could be on the table in late 2012 or early 2013. “There is every indication that we can finish this important matter before the end of this term.”
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