Crowds gathered on the parliamentary balconies Friday afternoon as the day’s parliamentary session was extended to make time for the governments proposal to impose strike laws on the member-unions of BHM and the Icelandic Federation of Nurses. But two individuals were conspicuously missing from...
The Icelandic government met last night and agreed to put a bill to parliament that would postpone ongoing strike action by specific member organizations of the BHM umbrella organization of academics, and the Icelandic nurses, until July 1.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson presented a plan to lift capital controls—which have been in place since the banking collapse in October 2008—at a press conference at noon today.
The Icelandic prime minister says opposition parties are filibustering parliament over every item on the agenda, and that he doesn’t quite understand why.
The Icelandic government committed at its cabinet meeting yesterday to create a special conciliation committee to deal with the ongoing strike by nurses and academics.
The Alþingi parliament came together at 11.00 this morning and the first item on the agenda was parliament itself.
Police say that around a thousand people attended this morning’s BHM union of academics and Association of Icelandic Nurses’ protest out side the Prime Ministry in central Reykjavík.
The government of the Czech Republic yesterday formally accepted a last-minute request to man the NATO base in Keflavík this summer and patrol the skies over Iceland.
A petition known as Þjóðareign (‘national property’), which asks President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to veto a mackerel quota bill proposed by Sigurður Ingi Jóhannesson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has gained over 47,000 signatures, making it the fourth most popular in Icelandic history...
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.
There are two versions of a story circulating about whether or not Ásmundur Einar Daðason, MP for the Progressive Party and personal assistant to Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, was drunk when he vomited on board a WOW air flight to Washington DC this week.
“In fact the number of refugee resettlements in Europe is not going up, but rather their previously uneven distribution is being evened out,” Íris Björg Kristjánsdóttir, parliamentary committee specialist on immigration and former head of the refugee committee, told Vísir.
Around 400 protesters gathered outside the Icelandic parliament this week with green flags to call on the government to cancel its proposal to remove protections of four highland rivers by approving them for hydroelectric damming.
A majority of Icelandic homes do not have any pets, according to a new MMR poll. Of the 1,001 people asked, 61 percent said they have no pets.
Almost 30,000 people have signed a petition in protest of a bill on the distribution of the mackerel quota presented by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson at the end of April.