Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Heads to Ukraine

Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson leaves for Kiev today to meet with leaders of the country. Gunnar will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Andri Deshchytsia over the weekend.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

One Third of Icelanders Happy with Opposition

Around one third of Icelanders are happy with the opposition, according to a new poll conducted by Capacent Gallup. Meanwhile, one third are unhappy and roughly 37 percent are neither happy nor unhappy with the opposition.

EU referendum protest on Austurvöllur, Reykjavík

Protests on EU Referendum Continue

Up to 2,000 people attended a protest in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík on Saturday afternoon. Protesters are demanding that the Icelandic government not withdraw the country’s EU membership application before asking the nation whether or not it would like to continue...

Már Guðmundsson

Central Bank’s Payment of Governor’s Legal Fees Reviewed

The Governor of Iceland’s Central Bank, Már Guðmundsson, who sued the bank when his salary was lowered in 2009, but lost the case last year, made headlines late last week when it was revealed that the bank paid his legal fees without the knowledge of the governing board.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Public Trust in Party Chairs Down

A new poll conducted by Media and Market Research found that public trust in party chairpersons in Iceland is down with the exception of Best Party chair and Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Icelandic Government Presents Europe Policy

Earlier today, the Icelandic government presented a policy on Europe aimed at “reinforcing the representation of Iceland’s interests on the platform of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) and other current agreements between Iceland and the European Union,” as stated in a press...

EU referendum protest outside Iceland's parliament

EU Meeting with Opposition Ends without Conclusion

A government meeting with the leaders of the opposition parties on how to resolve a disagreement on the EU issue and whether to put the question to a national referendum ended without a conclusion earlier this evening.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM on EU Question: “Can’t Make Everyone Happy”

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in response to a question from substitute MP for Bright Future Kristín Helgadóttir that it was irrational for Iceland to apply for EU membership if it did not want the talks to be successful.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Government Yet to Discuss EU with Opposition

This week the government has not discussed with the opposition the issue of whether to withdraw from EU accession talks. The opposition plans to address the issue with the speaker of parliament today.

Eygló Harðardóttir

Social Affairs Minister Criticized for Skipping Sochi

Ólafur Magnússon, the head of the Icelandic Sports Association for People with Disabilities (ISAD), said it was disappointing that Minister for Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir has decided against attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, because of events in Ukraine.

European Central Bank

EU Ambassador: No Pressure to Decide on Talks

Matthias Brinkmann, European Union Ambassador to Iceland, said in an interview with RÚV that there is no pressure on Iceland to make a decision as to whether or not to continue EU accession talks.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Opposition Requests Investigation into Granting of Funds

Members of Parliament in the Left-Greens, Social Democratic Alliance, Pirate Party and Bright Future have requested an investigation into the granting of ISK 200 million in funds to various projects by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

Protest outside Iceland's parliament in support of a referendum on whether to continue EU talks

Eight Thousand Attend EU Referendum Protest

An estimated 8,000 people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, yesterday afternoon to protest against the government’s proposed withdrawal from European Union accession talks.

Protests outside Iceland's parliament against withdrawing from EU talks

Forty Thousand Sign EU Referendum Petition

Over 40,000 people, or 16.5 percent of the electorate, have signed a petition calling for a national referendum on whether Iceland should continue accession talks with the European Union.

Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Eighty-Two Percent Want EU Referendum

The majority of the Icelandic population, or 82 percent, would like a referendum on whether Iceland should continue EU membership talks, according to the latest poll conducted by daily Fréttablaðið.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir in Hot Water Again

The board of the Journalist’s Union of Iceland met earlier today to discuss the comments MP for the Progressive Party and chair of the parliament’s finance committee Vigdís Hauksdóttir’s posted on her Facebook page last night asking EGF cosmetics company not to advertise in Kvennablaðið....