Politics

Icelandic lamb

Whaling Damages Lamb Exports

By Ásta Andrésdóttir
Icelandic whaling is damaging the sales of Icelandic lamb in the U.S. market.
Alþingi parliament

New Pro-EU Party to be Formed after Easter

By Zoë Robert
Benedikt Jóhannesson, head of the pro-EU group Sjálfstæðir Evrópumenn (Independent Europeans), says open meetings to discuss the formation of a new political party will be held after Easter. According to a new poll conducted by Capacent Gallup, a pro-EU right-centrist party would receive 21.5...
Reykjavík City Hall

Left Greens Plundered by Pirates

By Ásta Andrésdóttir
The Pirate Party is taking a lot of following from the Left Greens in Reykjavík.
Whaling

South Africans Protest Iceland Whaling

By Zoë Robert
More than 21,000 people in South Africa joined Greenpeace over the last few days in putting pressure on the South African government not to accept a cargo ship from Iceland carrying 2,000 tons of fin whale meat.
European Central Bank

Report on Iceland’s EU Accession Talks Published

By Marín Rós Tumadóttir
This week saw the publication of a report by the University of Iceland’s Center for International Affairs on the negotiation process between Iceland and the European Union. The Icelandic Chamber of Commerce promptly published a short summary of the report.
Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson

Sixty-three Percent Disapprove of Prime Minister

By Ásta Andrésdóttir
The majority of the Icelandic population is far from pleased with its government. Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson gets the highest disapproval rating (65 percent), closely followed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (63 percent).
Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Government Support Continues to Drop

By Zoë Robert
Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government measures 38.7 percent, down from 40.9 percent in the last MMR poll at the end of February.
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister Delays Bill

By Páll Stefánsson
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson asked Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson yesterday to delay the putting forward of a new bill concerning the government’s household debt relief plan for the correction of indexed loans from 2008 and 2009 until after April Fool’s Day.
Whaling boats Reykjavík

MPs Call for Assessment of Iceland’s Whaling Industry

By Zoë Robert
MP for the Social Democrats Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir and eight other MPs have put forward a proposal that the finance minister conduct an assessment of Iceland’s overall economic and commercial interests in whaling, as well as the impact on the tourism industry and Iceland’s position in...
Reykjavík

Good Day For Dagur

By Páll Stefánsson
Fifty-five percent of people living in Reykjavík would like to see Dagur B. Eggertsson, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, as the next mayor of Reykjavík, according to a new poll conducted by the Social Science Research Institute.

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