Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, confessed to the minister yesterday to having leaked confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker to the media one year ago.
All opposition parties seem to agree that the government is not prioritizing correctly with the debt write-off actions presented at a press conference yesterday.
Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is at a record low at 33 percent, according to the latest MMR poll published yesterday. Support for the government in the last poll, conducted on October 21, measured 34.3 percent.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is number 18 on the Washington Post’s list of longest-serving heads of state, published on Tuesday.
Approximately 4,500 people of all ages attended a demonstration to protest the government’s actions on Austurvöllur square in from of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday afternoon.
Close to 6,000 people are expected to attend a protest against the actions of the government in Austurvöllur square at 5 pm today. As of 10 am, 5,700 people had accepted an invitation to attend the protest on the Facebook page Mótmælum aðgerðum ríkisstjórnarinnar.
Reykjanesbær municipality in Southwest Iceland, including Keflavík, is in debt by more than ISK 40 billion (USD 327 million, EUR 260 million), as revealed when a report by KPMG on the community’s finances was presented at a public meeting yesterday evening.
Sixteen MPs of the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Pirate Party submitted a bill in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week on amendments to the law on price consultation in the dairy industry. The current law is being criticized for hindering competition.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson opened an Icelandic consulate in Curitiba, Brazil, during his official visit there last week, appointing Magnús Ólason as the Icelandic consul in the city.
Progressive Party MP Karl Garðasson declared at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Wednesday that RÚV, the national broadcasting service, was essentially “bankrupt,” and that courage is needed to review its operations.
Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court....
The consumer standard used by the Icelandic Ministry of Finance in its calculations on which a bill on changes to the VAT system are based must be reviewed, according to deputy MP for the Independence Party Bryndís Loftsdóttir, who reasons that the ministry is assuming too low amounts for...
The Icelandic legislation currently applicable to the importation of fresh meat, meat preparation and other meat products from other EEA states is in breach of EEA law, as concluded in a reasoned opinion issued by the EFTA Surveillance Authority last week.
Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, representative of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, said in an interview with DV today that she does not regret comments regarding the building of a mosque made during the municipal election campaign earlier this year.
Employees of the Government Agency for Child Protection accuse Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir for systematically excluding them from the development of child protection policies in Iceland and criticize her for going against their wishes by renewing an ISK 500 million contract...
Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is suing DV journalists Jón Bjarki Magnússon and Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson for libelous comments and crass insinuations towards her in connection with the so-called leak affair.
China’s new Ambassador to Iceland, Zhang Weidong, presented his letter of credence to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on Tuesday. His predecessor, Ma Jisheng, left the country suddenly at the beginning of the year.
The men-only conference to be held at the United Nations next year to discuss gender equality and violence against women, announced by Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Monday, will also include women, it has been revealed after organizers received criticism for excluding...
Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced during a speech before the United Nations in New York yesterday that Iceland and Suriname, South America, will convene a “Barbershop” conference in January 2015 where men will discuss gender equality with other men, with a special focus...
According to a the latest MMR survey, 34 percent of Icelanders support the current government. This number follows the downward trend that could be seen in the two previous surveys: on September 8, 36.3 percent supported the governing parties, and 38.5 percent did so on August 28.
On a normal day MP for the Progressive Party Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson is Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. However, he is also currently Acting President, Acting Prime Minister, Acting Foreign Minister, Acting Minister of Finance and...
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his spouse Dorrit Moussaieff are currently participating in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. On Sunday, he took part in a debate on climate change and economic development at the New York Forum.
Progressive Party MPs Willum Þór Þórsson and Frosti Sigurjónsson stated at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday evening that the party’s parliamentarians had issued a formal disclaimer to the changes to the taxation system as presented in the budget bill.