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Iceland’s Government Agrees to Slow Down EU Membership Talks

January 14, 2013

Iceland’s government agreed to slow down talks on joining the European Union as it prepares for parliamentary elections on April 27, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

Most Icelanders oppose continuing the membership bid and want the island’s government to withdraw it, according to a November Capacent Gallup poll. The poll showed that 53.5 percent of voters don’t want to proceed with the application, compared with 36.4 percent who want the island to finish the discussions.

Iceland began EU membership talks in July 2010 and has now opened talks in 27 of the EU’s 35 policy areas and completed 11.

To contact the reporter on this story: Omar R. Valdimarsson in Reykjavik

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