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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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New Plan revealed during EU Parliament's session and while Strasbourg's Unified University was inaugurated, (biggest in France, aiming at EU links).

 
EuroDistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau's dynamics were boosted by a key Franco-German meeting during EU Parliament's session here, which anounced a swift towards ambitious European aims : To become a showcase for concrete achievements of European Cooperation that benefit Citizens' everyday life and Economy, while also developing a Culture able to serve and stimulate European Organizations' political activities.

With measures to be taken in 2009, Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict should become EU's new "Metropolitan area" in the Decade 2010-2020, at the heart of Europe in the performant "OberRhein" region, a Franco-German Expert's Report anounced.

- "Defend European Institutions, and in particular EU Parliament" is a key point of the 2009 Report's threefold focus on "Infrastructures"' economy and quality, "Citizens' everyday life", and "Cultural and Political influence".

According to a Draft Statute, France and Germany agree that "an undeniable element of EuroDistrict's image" should be "Strasbourg's status, as Capital of a Democratic and Parliamentarian Europe".

    After parallel and joint meetings at EU Parliament, French and German Ministers for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE and Gunter GLOSER, started working with representatives of Local and Regional Authorities from both sides at Strasbourg's Historic Town Hall, Place Broglie, for the 2009 Monitoring of EuroDistrict "Strasbourg-Ortenau, during which was published an important Experts' Strategic Study with proposals on how to develop it in the Decade 2010-2020.
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    Introducing the 1st Experts' Report on "EuroDistrict" at a moment when it needs "New Ideas" as food for thought, Strasbourg's Mayor, Senator Roland RIES said that "a special Status" should allow "Citizens to share Infrastructures and a common European project", in agreement with his collegue, Mayor of Kehl and German spokesperson for EuroDisctrict, Dr. Gunther PETRY, who focused mainly on the useful role of "Local" authorities in "concrete" achievements.

    - Together with "facilitating Citizens' everyday life", "our countries have also a Political aim", which needs to find "New Forms of Cooperation", said German Minister for EU affairs, Gunter GLOSER. According to a "Subsidiarity principle", which starts from a smaller level, leaving to a bigger entity what it cannot achieve alone, EuroDistict should be the "1st level" in a "Concentric" schema, he added.

    - In fact, "it's a question of Europe's credibility : EuroDistrict must prove that Franco-German cooperation gives results", with "concrete achievements", said the new French Minister for EU affairs, Bruno LE MAIRE. Now, we "must advance further" : There is both "Local and National support" to make of Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "an example on what Europe must do in the Future if it wants to be credible in Citizens' eyes".

    - "Our Mission was to find the region's Potential of the region, "and search adequate Measures to use and develop it"; said German Expert Dr. Erwin VETTER. A main proposal is to "create a New Center for EU Competences", where everything should be concentrated : EuroDistrict, EuroCorps, EuroBest, etc : All in one area, while also linking Airports and other means of Transport, Culture, Education, Science and Research, etc. in order "to create 1 Metropolitan area" before 2020, he anounced.

    - With imagination and organisation "we tried to marry the French and German spirit", added French Expert Bernard COTTIN. He underlined "two points" :  - "In their Everyday Life, Citizens should feel that they are living in One Common Area", (fex. on Phones, Hospitals, Retirement, etc). But EuroDistrict should have also a "Cultural Dimension" : "Strasbourg, had been a little-bit left behind by both countries in the past, but must now find a New dynamic Momentum, at the Heart of Europe, strengthening its Cultural atous and becoming Multi-Cultural, in order to attain a European Dimension and develop the European Institutions", he concluded.

    Symbolically, both Mayors of Strasbourg and Kehl, Ries and Petry, gave to Ministers Gloser and Le Maire as a Gift two Books on Rhine River : Stylicised by both Logos chosen for "EuroDistrict" (as body of a flower), and for Strasbourg's new, Unified University, "UniStra", (as a long "S"), Rhine river came at the focus this week in Strasbourg, headquarters also of the oldest European Organisation : The Committee on Rhine's Navigation.. Meanwhile, Le Maire switched over from German (that he speaks fluently) to French, echoed, the other way round, by Gloser, who also understands French...
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The 2009 REPORT :
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Experts' proposals for EuroDistrict's Legal status is to start in 2009 with a "European Group for Transborder Cooperation", and "replace it, when possible, .. with an Original Form" of a new legal entity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Citizens' oriented measures include to facilitate "acces to Health", "Mobile Phones", "Transborder Workers"', "School exchanges", etc., and other measures interesting Citizens, as f.ex. the creation of "Common Hospitals or Rescue centers", etc. Already, an agreement on "Urgent Medical Care" will be signed on February 10.

As "Economic Capital" of one of EU's most performant areas, known as "Ober-Rhein Metropolitan Region" ("superior Rhine" area), Strasbourg-Ortenau's EuroDistrict "should also develop its role of European Cultural and Political Capital, Symbol of Franco-German entente and of a Democratic Europe", Experts' Report concludes.

This goes well beyond developping Bi-linguism, transbrorder Training and "systematic" rapprochment of both Cultures (in Cinema, Theater, Music, etc).

It adds a progressive transfert in EuroDistrict of "elements of the Franco-German Brigade", close to "EuroCorps" Headquarters, and culminates with the promotion of European institutions (see above).

The Report also proposes to launch an "initiative" for "EU Parliament's unique Headquarters", developing Strasbourg's attractiveness vis-a-vis MEPs and staff.

It also includes the development of "a Research and Higher Education pole", among French, German and Swiss partners, "linked with Strabourg's new; Unified University" and "Ortenau's HochSchulen"

It's not a coincidence that this same week was inaugurated Strasbourg's Unified University : - "UniStra" becomes the Biggest in France, (with more than 42.000 students, 5.200 staff, a brand new "European Doctoral College", some 100 Research centers, and a Capital of more than 400 million €  from the State), aiming to create closer links with nearby German and Swiss Universities, fex. Karlsruhe, Fribourg, Stutgard, Bale, etc, as French Minister for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Valerie PECRESSE advised.

(See other, related News, already sent to interested "EuroFora"s subscribers and donors, which will be also posted at the Website asap).

Last but not least :  Non-believers should meditate on the fact that all this was symbolically made in the same Strasbourg Historic Town Hall's room where even the establishement of Council of Europe was decided, 60 years back in 1949...

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