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Question: Will Iceland and Norway ever join the EU?
#1Iceland, but not Norway  
#2Norway, but not Iceland  
#3Both  
#4None of them  
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JonBidinger
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« on: March 21, 2012, 09:12:25 pm »
« edited: March 21, 2012, 09:51:50 pm by JonBidinger »

Considering that they get many of the costs of EU membership without all of the benefits through EFTA, EEA, and other trade agreements, and provided that the EU survives it's current crisis in good form, I do believe that eventually both countries will join. I also believe that a successfully concluded negotiation regarding fisheries may be instrumental in Iceland joining sooner rather than later.
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JonBidinger
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 04:09:04 am »

Well, costs are more than just money after all, and I don't know that they really do keep their sovereignty. Have you seen this report?
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JonBidinger
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2012, 04:40:50 pm »

I was thinking along the lines of having to adopt or follw certain laws or regulations. Some people could construe that as a cost.

And since they do go along with most decisions, wouldn't it be better to be on the inside where they can actually help shape the EU? And theoretically I suppose if they really got fed up, who could stop them from leaving? Technically Greenland withdrew from the EC, after all (I understand the EC is different from the EU that it became, but I think when we are talking about a country leaving the EU that has yet to join we move far into the theoretical).
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