EU referendum protest outside Iceland's parliament

EU Meeting with Opposition Ends without Conclusion

A government meeting with the leaders of the opposition parties on how to resolve a disagreement on the EU issue and whether to put the question to a national referendum ended without a conclusion earlier this evening.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM on EU Question: “Can’t Make Everyone Happy”

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in response to a question from substitute MP for Bright Future Kristín Helgadóttir that it was irrational for Iceland to apply for EU membership if it did not want the talks to be successful.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Government Yet to Discuss EU with Opposition

This week the government has not discussed with the opposition the issue of whether to withdraw from EU accession talks. The opposition plans to address the issue with the speaker of parliament today.

Eygló Harðardóttir

Social Affairs Minister Criticized for Skipping Sochi

Ólafur Magnússon, the head of the Icelandic Sports Association for People with Disabilities (ISAD), said it was disappointing that Minister for Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir has decided against attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, because of events in Ukraine.

European Central Bank

EU Ambassador: No Pressure to Decide on Talks

Matthias Brinkmann, European Union Ambassador to Iceland, said in an interview with RÚV that there is no pressure on Iceland to make a decision as to whether or not to continue EU accession talks.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Opposition Requests Investigation into Granting of Funds

Members of Parliament in the Left-Greens, Social Democratic Alliance, Pirate Party and Bright Future have requested an investigation into the granting of ISK 200 million in funds to various projects by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

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 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.