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Protest outside Iceland's parliament in support of a referendum on whether to continue EU talks

Eight Thousand Attend EU Referendum Protest

An estimated 8,000 people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, yesterday afternoon to protest against the government’s proposed withdrawal from European Union accession talks.

Protests outside Iceland's parliament against withdrawing from EU talks

Forty Thousand Sign EU Referendum Petition

Over 40,000 people, or 16.5 percent of the electorate, have signed a petition calling for a national referendum on whether Iceland should continue accession talks with the European Union.

Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Eighty-Two Percent Want EU Referendum

The majority of the Icelandic population, or 82 percent, would like a referendum on whether Iceland should continue EU membership talks, according to the latest poll conducted by daily Fréttablaðið.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir in Hot Water Again

The board of the Journalist’s Union of Iceland met earlier today to discuss the comments MP for the Progressive Party and chair of the parliament’s finance committee Vigdís Hauksdóttir’s posted on her Facebook page last night asking EGF cosmetics company not to advertise in Kvennablaðið....

Protestors outside Iceland's parliament

More Protests Planned Today

Protests are expected outside Iceland’s parliament later today for the fourth day in a row, following plans by the government to withdraw Iceland from EU membership talks.

Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Three Thousand Protest outside Parliament

An estimated 3,000 people are gathered outside Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, to protest the government’s plans to withdraw from EU accession talks without putting the matter to a referendum.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Bjarni Benediktsson to Be PM?

Iceland’s most influential television personality and political blogger Egill Helgason wrote in his blog post today on eyjan.is that the one reason for the government pushing through the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson’s proposal to withdraw from European Union talks is that...

Protests outside Iceland's parliament against withdrawing from EU talks

Protests to Continue Today

Another protest against the decision by the ruling Progressive and Independence Parties to put forward a resolution to withdraw from European Union talks are planned in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík from 5-7:00 pm this afternoon.

Foreign Minister Sends Strong Signal to Uganda

The Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement yesterday deploring the President of Uganda’s decision to sign an Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which further criminalizes homosexuality and makes it punishable by up to life imprisonment.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Says No to Europe

Sigmundur Davíð said in an interview this morning that it was an impossible situation for the government of Iceland, which is against joining the European Union, to at the same time be in talks to try to join the EU.

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Complaints over Noise Caused by NATO Jets

A hearing-impaired resident of the Barmahlíð nursing home at Reykhólar, the West Fjords, was awoken by the sounds of jets taking part in the NATO training exercises over Iceland.

Whaling boats Reykjavík

Obama makes Iceland’s Whaling his Business

The U.S. Department of the Interior has certified to President Obama under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen’s Protective Act of 1967 that Iceland’s international trade in whale meat and products diminishes the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of...

Iceland Sends Money to Syrian Refugees

The Icelandic Church Aid (Hjálparstofnun Kirkjunnar) has sent ISK 16.6 million (USD 150,000, EUR 110,000) to Syria to help some of the 4.2 million Syrians who are displaced within the country.

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