Politics

The protest in Reykjavík against Israeli raids in Gaza

Thousands in Reykjavík Protest Attacks in Gaza

By Zoë Robert
An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Ingólfstorg square in downtown Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest the ongoing Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Palestinians inspect the remains of a house which was destroyed during an air strike in Central Bureij refugee camp, in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip, 15 July 2014

Iceland Sends ISK 12 Million to Gaza

By Zoë Robert
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 104,000, EUR 77,700) to two United Nations programs operating in Gaza in light of the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister Expresses Condolences over Flight MH17

By Zoë Robert
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week.
Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament

MP Calls for End to Diplomatic Relations with Israel

By Emilía S. Ólafs...
Katrín Júlíusdóttir, MP and vice-chair of the Social Democrats, has called for an end to diplomatic relations with Israel in response to the current situation in Gaza.
Alþingi parliament

More Progressives Leave Party over Mosque Issue

By Emilía S. Ólafs...
Since alternate MP for the Progressive Party Þorsteinn Magnússon’s resignation from the party last week, several other party members have followed suit.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

No Comment from President over Campaign Statements

By Zoë Robert
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refuses to comment on whether or not he will complete his term or step down, as he had suggested he might during the election campaign in 2012 if the political situation in Iceland became stable.
Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

MP Leaves Party over Mosque Issue

By Zoë Robert
Þorsteinn Magnússon resigned yesterday as Alternate MP for the Progressive Party citing the party’s handling of the mosque issue.
Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Former Foreign Minister Says EU Application Still Valid

By Emilía S. Ólafs...
Former minister for foreign affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson, says it is far from true that Jean-Claude Juncker, the newly elected president of the European Commission, has closed the door on Iceland’s accession talks, as Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, current minister for foreign affairs, has claimed.
herbs

City Council Member Calls for Boycott of Israeli Products

By Emilía S. Ólafs...
Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a member of the Reykjavík City Council for the center-left Social Democrats, called on consumers to boycott all Israeli products earlier this week in response to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Hellisheiði geothermal power plant

Iceland Offers to Map Ukraine’s Geothermal Heat

By Eygló Svala Arn...
Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson offered Iceland’s help in mapping Ukraine’s geothermal energy resources to Deputy Head of the Ukrainian National Agency on Ensuring of Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER) Vitalii Grygorovskyi in a meeting today.

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