EU Membership Not Too Important For Social Democrats

The chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, said in an interview with the Icelandic TV station NFS on Wednesday August 2 that the party was prepared to put its policy, that Iceland should enter membership negotiations with the European Union, aside in order to be able to participate in a coalition government after the next general election due in May next year (2007).

The Social Democratic Alliance is the only political party in Iceland which favours entering membership negotiations with the EU. All other parties reject the idea.