Saturday, July 18, 2009
The Icelandic Parliament voted on Thursday to apply for membership in the European Union. The vote was 33 to 28 to start membership talks with the EU, with two abstentions. A report in the New York Times states that Iceland strongly cherishes its independence but that it would also like some greater economic stability during times of global economic downturn. The prime minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, reportedly wants to submit a membership application to the EU by the end of July.