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Iceland to decide on EU membership

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Iceland's newly-elected Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir says European Union membership will be on the agenda when the new government meets for the first time this week. "It will be in the first days after the inaugural session. We insist that a membership application be sent to the EU before July," said the leader of the left-wing coalition, which was voted into power last month. The coalition's policy included asking parliament to vote on the EU membership issue. It will then go to a public referendum. A Capacent Gallup poll conducted in Iceland revealed that 61 percent of Icelanders were in favour of opening EU accession talks, with almost 27 percent against it. Support for EU accession has increased since Iceland's economy collapsed in October last year.

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