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  •  OK, finished the test! (1+ / 0-)
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    OK, I filled in all 66 questions (phew). The result:

    81% Dögun
    80% Vinstri græn
    78% Lýðræðisvaktin
    78% Alþýðufylkingin
    78% Píratar
    78% Regnboginn
    78% Framsóknarflokkurinn
    77% Björt framtíð
    77% Hægri Grænir
    77% Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn
    76% Samfylkingin

    Huh. That's all very close to each other. It probably didn't help that for 18 of the 66 questions I had to fill in variations of I don't know, I'm neutral or I don't want to answer this question, since often I just felt I didn't know enough to make a choice. (There were also a lot of ethical questions, like about surrogate motherhood, that I'm generally shy to answer affirmatively one way or another.) But still, I offered an opinion on 48 questions .. are Icelandic parties so close to each other? Or does it just indicate that, to Icelandic standards, my opinions were all over the place? ;-)

    •  Yeah. Also, they don't show *every* party (0+ / 0-)

      There's a couple that didn't make your list, like Húmanístaflokkurinn.  But a bunch of neutral answers will yield similar results.

      If you want to see where parties differ, click on the specific party names and you can see how each party answered each question.

      Funny to see Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn higher than Samfylkingin!  I'm guessing that maybe you expressed strong anti-EU sentiment?

      •  Not strongly anti-EU, necessarily, (0+ / 0-)

        .. but skeptical about whether Iceland would be better off inside the EU, definitely.

        I used to be pretty enthusiastic about the European integration process, and I still think the right-wing Euroskeptics usually sound somewhat hysterical. But considering the ongoing severity with which the Commission imposes budget and deficit norms which basically deprive national governments from setting much of any economic policies of their own that veer from the neoliberal standards - and make it practically impossible to undertake an efficient, Keynes-like stimulus to get the economy out of a rut - I don't really see the benefit of joining the EU for a Western country.

        I mean, it's one thing if you're an East-European country. Then EU accession promises significant financial support; a drastic improvement of chances for young people to travel and migrate; and EU standards on corruption, rule of law and democracy that are actually a big improvement on the 'native' ones. Here in Hungary, the European Commission's influence is often seen as the  last hope for democrats concerned about Orban's authoritarian populism. But if you're Iceland? I'd be skeptical about joining our club.

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