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  •  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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