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Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Discord in Parliament Over #Vomitgate Developments

“He was pretty lively today,” said Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, in an interview with Vísir yesterday, of Ásmundur Einar Daðason, assistant to the Prime Minister and MP for the Progressive Party, who, earlier this week was reported to have thrown up on fellow passengers on a May 10 WOW...

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Minister’s Driver Paid ISK 700,000

The personal driver of foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is the best paid government driver with ISK 700,000 (USD 5,150 USD, EUR 4,760) per month, according to daily DV, which requested information about the salaries of ministers’ drivers.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM’s Plan to Remove Capital Controls Causes Debate

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced in his opening speech at the Progressive Party’s bi-annual congress on Friday that he expected the government to launch its plan to remove capital controls before the parliament’s summer recess. He said a proposed stability tax...

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM’s Ideas for New Buildings Disputed

Prime Minister of Iceland and chair of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson recently presented a controversial parliamentary resolution on ambitious constructions to be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of Iceland’s sovereignty in 2018.

Money - Icelandic Króna

PM Calls for Reform of Iceland’s Monetary System

A report, commissioned by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, outlining the need for a fundamental reform of Iceland’s monetary system, was published today by Progressive Party MP and chair of the Alþingi parliament’s Committee for Economic Affairs and Trade Frosti Sigurjónsson.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Central Bank to Compile Report on Kaupþing Loan

Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland Már Guðmundsson intends to compile an official report on the lending of Kaupþing bank ISK 80 billion (USD 603 million, EUR 530 million) on the same day that an emergency law was passed just prior to the economic collapse in October 2008.

Alþingi parliament

Independence MP Calls for Hanna Birna’s Resignation

MP for the Independence Party Elín Hirst is calling for former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down as vice chair of the party and is against her taking a seat in parliament on her return from leave.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at 34.8 Percent

Support for Iceland’s Progressive Party-Independence Party ruling coalition measures 34.8 percent in the latest MMR poll, published this morning, down from 37.3 percent in the last poll from mid-December.

Paris Rally, January 11, 2015

Iceland’s PM Criticized for Not Attending Paris March

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson has been harshly criticized for not having attended the unity march in Paris yesterday following the terrorist attacks last week. He was reportedly the only head of state from Western Europe to be absent in the French capital yesterday.

Doctors

Iceland’s Healthcare System to Be Restored

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, acting Minister of Finance Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, chair of the Icelandic Medical Association Þorbjörn Jónsson and chair of the Association of Icelandic Surgeons Kristín Huld Haraldsdóttir signed a...

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal.

National Church in Iceland Compensated for Cutbacks?

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal supports a suggestion that the National Church of Iceland be repaid ISK 660 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 4.3 million) from the state treasury because of cutbacks it was subject to after the economic collapse in 2008 in addition to those other state...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at 36.6 Percent

Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is steady at 36.6 percent, according to the latest Capacent Gallup poll, published yesterday. The government has been suffering a low approval rating in recent months, down from 49 percent at the beginning of 2014.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Proposal to Move State Companies out of Capital

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson called the government to a meeting last Friday afternoon on short notice to discuss a proposal from Norðvesturnefndin (The Northwest Committee) about creating jobs in Northwest Iceland.

Bessastaðir

New Interior Minister Announced Tomorrow

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson have announced that a meeting will be held at presidential residence Bessastaðir at 1 pm tomorrow, after which the new interior minister will be presented.

Landspítali National University Hospital

National Hospital to Get More State Funding

ISK 1 billion (USD 8.1 million, EUR 6.5 million) in state funding will go towards Landspítali National University Hospital in addition to the amount reserved for the hospital in the 2015 budget bill, as reported yesterday. Director of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson celebrates the news.

EU referendum protest on Austurvöllur, Reykjavík

Third Protest in Series Targets Interior Minister

Approximately 800 people gathered on Austurvöllur square in front of the Icelandic parliament yesterday to protest against the government and specifically Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. This is the third Monday in a row that a demonstration takes place on Austurvöllur.

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