The government of Iceland presented an action plan in 11 parts at a press conference this morning, aimed at expediting the design of new wage contracts and calming the current unrest in the labor market. The measures concern taxation, welfare and housing.
Thousands gathered at Austurvöllur square yesterday to express their grievances with the current coalition government lead by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party, and Bjarni Benediktsson, minister of finance and Independence Party chair.
Iceland’s Pirate Party is still the country’s most popular party after it first topped polls one month ago, according to the latest MMR survey. Support for the party increased from 32 percent to 32.7 percent between April 21 and May 20.
Over 6,000 people are expected to attend an anti-government rally in Austurvöllur square in front of Iceland’s parliament at 5 pm this afternoon.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson still has cake on his mind. In an interview on eyjan.is he said that he had recently begun a physical fitness program and when he was offered a cake in parliament, he had to have half a piece.
The funeral of Halldór Ásgrímsson, the former Prime Minister of Iceland, will take place on Thursday, May 28 at 13.00 in Hallgrímskirkja cathedral.
A bill on the removal of capital controls will be put to Alþingi parliament next week, according to Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson.
“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...
Reykjavík City Council wants to wrestle the power to set rules on pets in public places from the state and has sent a request to the government, following a council vote.