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Referendum on EU likely in Iceland

Posted by smeddum on May 5, 2009

Iceland Turns Left and Edges Toward EU

As news comes in from Iceland, it tends to confirm the direction towards a EU referendum. While the citizen’s movement that emerged from the protests in Reykjavík last winter; stresses that those protests had nothing to do with the EU but the collapse of the Icelandic bank sector and lack of actions from the authorities. Sheltering behind the Euro would be good for Iceland’s economy but the fear is that control of the fishing industry would go to Brussels.
While, in particular Europe is against whaling, there is the possibility of a transitional relationship.

By Leigh Phillips
Businessweek  April  27, 2009,

Icelandic voters punished the centre-right party that had governed the country for most of the last 18 years and dominated it for generations, delivering a clear majority in a snap general election to the centre-left Social Democrats and far-left and ecologist Left Green Movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Denmark, Iceland look again at euro as crisis takes its toll

Posted by smeddum on October 27, 2008

Denmark, Iceland look again at euro as crisis takes its toll
27 October 2008, 23:50 CET EUbusiness.com
(STOCKHOLM) – Denmark and Iceland, two of the four Nordic countries still outside the eurozone, have begun seriously debating swapping their currencies for the euro as they take a beating in the global financial crisis.

“The issue of Europe and the euro is directly linked to the crisis,” the head of Iceland’s Institute of Economic Studies, Gunnar Haraldsson, told AFP.

Norway and Sweden have been less affected by the financial turmoil and debate there has been muted, while Finland is the only Nordic country to be a member of the eurozone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Milk with your Credit crunch?

Posted by smeddum on October 26, 2008

Milk with your credit crunch?
by MICHAEL CARABOTT Malta independent online

What’s the capital of Iceland? About e2.50. Milk with your credit crunch? What’s the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza? A large pizza can feed a family of four.

These are just some of the jokes doing the rounds in the UK at the minute. But despite the stiff upper lip and the Britons’ uncanny ability to take it squarely on the chin and get on with it, the mood is very bleak. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cuba, EU re-establish cooperative ties

Posted by smeddum on October 26, 2008

Cuba, EU re-establish cooperative ties
www.chinaview.cn 2008-10-24 09:31:45

HAVANA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) — Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and European Commissioner of Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, signed a declaration on Thursday to restore the bilateral cooperation at the headquarters of the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarkozy calls for halt to foreign ownership

Posted by seumasach on October 21, 2008

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Nicolas Sarkozy risked blowing apart the European consensus over how to deal with the financial crisis by proposing today that each country launch sovereign wealth funds to take stakes in key industries to stop them falling into foreign hands.

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Russia should join EU, Berlusconi says

Posted by smeddum on October 19, 2008

Posted : Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:58:01 GMT Earthtimes Brussels –

Russia should be allowed to join the European Union in the coming years, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday. “I consider Russia to be a Western nation. So my project is that the Russian Federation should become a member of the EU in the coming years,” Berlusconi told Italian reporters on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merkel insists on national measures to tackle financial crisis

Posted by smeddum on October 12, 2008

Merkel insists on national measures to tackle financial crisis
http://www.chinaview.cn 2008-10-13 04:42:12
PARIS, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel put national measures at the core of a European response on Sunday to the financial crisis but called for a more coordinated approach. Read the rest of this entry »

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EU in push for world finance summit: Sarkozy

Posted by smeddum on October 12, 2008

EU in push for world finance summit: Sarkozy
12 October 2008, 22:32 CET EUbusinessNews
(PARIS) – The European Union will ask the United States to jointly organise an international summit to reform the global finance system, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Sunday after talks with EU leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

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MoU softens EU stance on Zimbabwe

Posted by smeddum on July 27, 2008


Race and History

Herald Reporter-AFP.
July 26, 2008
The Herald

BORDEAUX. THE ongoing talks between Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations have softened the European Union’s stance on Zimbabwe and has now thrown its weight behind President Thabo Mbeki’s mediation. Read the rest of this entry »

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