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Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Icelanders Don’t Trust PM

Only 9 percent of Icelanders believe that Prime Minister and chair of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is an honest person, according to new poll by MMR. Even fewer, or 5 percent of respondents, find that the PM has charisma.

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.

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship arrives in Sicily with refugees

MP Wants Icelandic Coast Guard to Stay in Med

MP for the Left Greens Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced on Facebook yesterday that her party will put forward a motion in parliament that the Icelandic government allocates additional funds to the Icelandic Coast Guard so that its ship Týr can continue its work in the Mediterranean.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

President Most Trusted in Iceland

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the most trusted on a list of politicians in Iceland, according to the latest MMR poll, published Friday. The poll found that 48.5 percent of Icelanders had “rather a lot/a lot” of trust in Ólafur Ragnar.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

MP Asks PM for ‘Secret’ Spying Reports

Pirate Party leader, MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, requested at parliament yesterday that Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson submit the reports he discussed in his keynote speech at the Progressive Party convention last weekend.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

MPs Criticize Prime Minister’s Absence

Opposition MPs criticized the absence of the chairpersons of the two ruling coalition parties at the commencement of parliamentary sessions after the Easter break yesterday. Both Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party and Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence...

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...

gavel as used in courts

Asylum Seeker Paid Damages in Leak Affair

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to now former Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has paid damages to asylum seeker Tony Omos for leaking confidential information about him, including damaging and unsubstantiated allegations, to the media in 2013.

Alþingi parliament

Pirate Party Reports Surge in New Members

Iceland’s Pirate Party reports a recent surge in registrations of new members. According to Finnur Þ. Gunnþórsson, head of the party’s executive board, there have been so many new registrations that they have not been able to check each new member against their social security number and...

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Progressive Party Welcomes Global Warming

In a draft resolution to be presented at this weekend’s bi-annual congress of the Progressive Party, which is chaired by Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, global warming is described as bringing “exciting” opportunities.

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.

Apology

In the printed version of Iceland Review (02-15) a serious error was made in Eiríkur Bergmann Einarsson’s article 'Locking up the Banksters.'

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Iceland’s Pirate Party Suggests Electoral Alliance

Pirate Party leader Birgitta Jónsdóttir has suggested that all opposition parties in the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, forge an electoral alliance before the next parliamentary election in 2017 with the objective of completing a new constitution and guaranteeing a national referendum on...

Árni Páll Árnarson

Social Democrats Chair Keeps Position

Chair of the Social Democratic Party Árni Páll Árnason was reelected at the party’s conference on Friday night by one vote after an unexpected leadership challenge from MP in Reykjavík Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir. Árni Páll received 49.49 percent of the vote, or 241 votes, while Sigríður...

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament

New Leader for Social Democrats?

An unexpected leadership election will take place at the Social Democratic Alliance’s national conference this evening. The sitting party leader says he had no idea he would have opposition before yesterday evening.

baby

No More Maternity Wards Expected

Iceland’s health minister says there are no plans to increase the number of birthing facilities in the country again, after the number was reduced from 14 to ten over the last decade.

EU referendum protest outside Iceland's parliament

Up to 400 Protest Outside Parliament

Between 300 and 400 people gathered in Austurvöllur square, outside Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, in Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest the government’s handling of the country’s application for entry to the European Union.

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