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Iceland 2016 Election: Voters strengthen a Right course, but also Open brand New Pathways

Written by ACM
Saturday, 29 October 2016

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Established Parties Fall Down, with the Only Exception of the Right, (which even ameliorates a bit its results), but with a Collapse of Socialist and Center-Left Parties,


while, at the Same Time, several, more or less New and Atypical, alternative Parties emerge rapidly, preparing an obvious Challenge for the acquisition of Political Power in the Government of Iceland : A strange Landscape, which reminds, however, mutatis-mutandis, more or less, that of Lithuania, just a Week ago, (Comp. f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/iceland2016electionresultsrightbutnew.html), as well as some other equivalent developments elsewhere recently.


Indeed, +2 MPs more (+21 in Total), and 29% of the Votes go to the "Independence" Party (Center-Right), which has already Governed the Country a lot in the Past,


Except from a Recent "Intermezzo", after a Financial "Krach" and a controversial, Short-lived  "Gro-Ko" with "Socialists" and Centrists/Liberals (of the "Progressive Party"), who are Both Heavily Losing Votes and MPS Now, (Less - 6, Down to Only 3, and Less - 11, Down to Only 8 MPs, with just 5,7% and 11,5% of Votes, Respectively).


Even anOther, initialy Smaller Center-Left Party, too ambitiously named "Bright Future", also Loses - 2 Less MPs, Falling Down to Only 4 MPs, and just 7,2% of Votes.


+ On the Contrary, making even More Clear Voters' Preference for the Right,  (But Together with a ReNewal for a Change), it's also a brand New, Center-Right Party, significantly Named  : "ReBirth" or "ReGeneration", which gets, for the 1st Time, +7 MPs and 10,5% of the Votes.


>>>However, those who Win the Most Today, are the Atypical "Pirates" of Iceland, who Multiply to more than Triple (X 300 %), Both their MPs and Votes, Growing from 3 to 10 MPs, and from 5% to 14,5% of Supporters.


They are Based on an Original Program whose Main "Core" is astonishingly Inspired by "Eurofora" co-Founder's 1997-2007 Published Idea (Founded on a much Earlier, 1979-1980 University Research on Legal and Political Developments/Perspectives in Modern States), of Citizens' Right to actively Participate in Decisions which Affect their Lives, and Society at large, thanks also to New Information and Communication (Digital) Technologies,

as well as on certain Socio-Economic Principles, including f.ex., Free Health Care for all the People, Fair and Efficient use of Natural Resources, etc. (Comp. their co-Founder and current Head : MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir's Interview to "Eurofora" in Strasbourg, on the occasion of a CoE's PanEuropean Conference, several Years Earlier, at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/internetcoejonsdottir.html).


But, even if many Polls had, notoriously, Predicted, until Recently, a 1st Place Win for those Original Icelandish "Pirates", nevertheless, at the Last Mnite, it's anOther somewhat Atypical, but a Bit Longer Pre-Existing Party, that of a "Green Movement", which Grows with +3 More MPs, Up to 10 MPs, and 15,6% of Votes, Revendicating the Place of the 2nd Biggest Party of the Country, from their Competitors (but also Potential Allies) : the "Pirates" (Comp. Supra).


++ Even a 3rd, brand New and Atypical "People's Party", gets, for the 1st Time, + 3,5% of the Votes, (but, Exceptionaly, Not Any MP, at least until 100% of the Casted Votes are Counted, Later-on, Despite Iceland's Tradition to Give some MP to All Parties which get More than 3% of Supporters).


=> So that, the Overall Impression, as thing stand for the moment, is that in Iceland, the People really Want to Keep a Course towards the Right, But Feel Also the Need for a Strong ReNewal, if not a Total Change in their Political Life.


Despite some Previous Denials of any Coalition between them, IF the Political Leaders really Heard the Voice of the People of Iceland, as it was Clearly Expressed Today, (See Facts cited Above), then, they would Find a Way to Forge a New Coalition Government with the "Independents", the "Pirates" and the "ReGeneration" Parties, (i.e. an Absolute Majority of More than +52% of the Votes), eventualy in Concertation also with the "Green Movement", (a little-bit more at their Center-Left), or not, Leaving the "Socialists" and Liberals/Centrists (of the "Progressive" Party), to Contemplate, Together with all those SocialDemocrat Smaller Parties, currently Droping Down, (Comp. Supra), an eventualy "Bright(er) Future", perhaps, 5 Years Later, or even at a Longer Distance...

It might not be their initialy preferred "Plan A", but, could it, at least, become their "Plan B", considering also the Fact that all Leaders of those 3 Winning Parties ("Independents", "ReGeneration" and "Pirates" : Comp. Supra), have Both in Common to Start their Names, by a Timely Coincidence, with the Letter "B" : Benediktson, Benedikt and Birgitta, as well as to Reflect Icelandish People's Sovereign Will Today !

=> Will they succeed to Find an Original Way to Respect their Voters and act accordingly ? 

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

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 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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