Articles by Silla Sigurgeirsdóttir and Robert H Wade

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Can’t Pay Back, Won’t Pay Back: Iceland’s Loud No
Silla Sigurgeirsdóttir and Robert H Wade – Le Monde Diplomatique, 8 Aug 2011

The small island of Iceland has lessons for the world. It held a referendum in April to decide, more or less, whether ordinary people should pay for the folly of the bankers (and by extension, could governments control the corporate sector if they depended on it for finance). Sixty per cent of the population rejected an agreement negotiated between Iceland, the Netherlands and the UK to pay back the British and Dutch governments for the money they spent to recompense savers with the failed bank Icesave. That was less resistance than the first referendum last spring, when 93% voted no.

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