The latest opinion poll conducted by daily newspaper Fréttablaðið found that 67 percent of respondents would like Icelandic Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down in light of the so-called ‘leak affair.’
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir defended her position in television interviews on Stöð 2’s Ísland í dag and RÚV’s Kastljós yesterday evening, denying having been in violation of regulations.
Former Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson maintains that Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir had threatened to have the police’s and state prosecutor’s work methods in the affair investigated upon the investigation’s completion.
Independence Party MPs declared their support for Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir at a party meeting in Vestmannaeyjar yesterday. Hanna Birna has been under fire in recent months following the leak of information about an asylum seeker from her ministry in November.
Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson reappointed Már Guðmundsson as governor of the Central Bank of Iceland for five years on Friday.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson responded to a letter by Ombudsman of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament on Friday, asking whether his government had agreed on ethical regulations for its ministers.
Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is facing charges for having leaked information about the asylum seeker Tony Omos to the media last year. Charges against him were issued by the state prosecutor on Friday afternoon.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who has previously voiced his opposition to the importation of fresh meat on the grounds of growth hormone use abroad, has expressed an added fear of the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the disease Toxoplasmosis.
Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who left Iceland this morning after a two day visit with government officials, said at a press conference yesterday that Iceland played a “crucial” role in NATO.
Former vice president of the United States, Al Gore, was reportedly among the attendees of an annual exclusive conference on sustainable initiatives at Vatnsdalsá in Northwest Iceland.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Secretary General of NATO, today met with Icelandic officials, including Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, in preparation for the 2014 NATO summit.
Sóley Tómasdóttir, the Left-Green Movement’s representative on Reykjavík City Council and the council’s chairperson, has been appointed ‘bacon ambassador’ by the Icelandic Bacon Brotherhood.
Ombudsman of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, Tryggvi Gunnarsson, published yesterday another letter to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.
Bjarni Benediktsson, minister of finance and chair of the Independence Party, declared yesterday that he fully supports his vice-chair, Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.
The message of a letter handed to an employee of the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík during a demonstration against the U.S.’ sale of weapons to Israel yesterday has been delivered to the U.S. government in Washington DC.
Up to 3,000 people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest U.S. exports of weapons to Israel.
Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde (2006-2009) was appointed as a new ambassador for Iceland as of January 1, 2015, by Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson yesterday, most likely as Iceland’s new Ambassador to the United States.
Tryggvi Gunnarsson, ombudsman for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, sent a letter to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir yesterday to request all available information about her communication with former Chief of Police in Reykjavík Stefán Eiríksson regarding the police’s...
The organization Iceland-Palestine has gained 100 new members in the past ten days. This equals about a ten percent increase in membership.
An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Ingólfstorg square in downtown Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest the ongoing Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 104,000, EUR 77,700) to two United Nations programs operating in Gaza in light of the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week.
Katrín Júlíusdóttir, MP and vice-chair of the Social Democrats, has called for an end to diplomatic relations with Israel in response to the current situation in Gaza.
Since alternate MP for the Progressive Party Þorsteinn Magnússon’s resignation from the party last week, several other party members have followed suit.