Iceland's EU application

Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

Pirate slams government’s handling of EU application

9 Feb 2016 “It is beyond me why the government has not kept its pre-election promise to let the people have their say before taking such a monumental step.”

Majority rejects EU membership

3 Feb 2016 The majority of Icelanders are opposed to membership of the European Union according to a fresh opinion poll produced by Gallup for the organisation Já Ísland, which favours membership, and published on Monday.

Styrmir Gunnarsson.

Former editor slams Iceland’s EU “mess”

7 Dec 2015 A former editor of Icelandic national daily Morgunblaðið has criticised the government for failing to honour its electoral promise on a referendum on talks to join the European Union (EU).

Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

"There is no active EU application"

6 Dec 2015 "From my point of view there is no active Icelandic application for membership of the European Union," Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and leader of the conservative Independence Party ('Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn') says to the daily Morgunblaðið.

Photo: Eggert Jó­hann­es­son

Iceland’s EU application possibly still valid

25 Nov 2015 It could be that a new pro-EU government could simply reactivate the 2009 application and pick up negotiations where they were left off. Alternatively, it may have to submit a brand new application.

Six years of opposition to EU membership

31 Aug 2015 One has to go back to late 2008 to find a poll which showed majority support for EU membership among Icelanders.

Ingibjörg E. Guðmundsdóttir, Head of ETSC.

EU slammed for cutting Iceland grant

26 Aug 2015 The European Commission has been criticised for terminating a contract with the Icelandic Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC), after Iceland froze talks to join the Union in 2013.

60% against EU membership

17 Aug 2015 Taking into account only those respondents having taken a stance, opposition to EU membership sits at 59.4%, with support at 40.6%.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Jean-Claude Juncker.

Strong ties between Iceland and EU

9 Jul 2015 “Even though Iceland is no longer an EU applicant we will build on an already strong relationship,” writes Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland.

Iceland out of EU security and defence policy-making

23 Jun 2015 Iceland has lost its right to take an official position regarding the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as an EU candidate country.

Iceland’s ill-fated EU application

3 Jun 2015 Iceland’s two centre-left coalition parties suffered a historic defeat in the 2013 general elections, losing together more than half the votes they received four years earlier. Iceland’s EU application was considered to be one of the major issues contributing to this result.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir MP.

EU move divides Icelandic politics

1 Jun 2015 Opposing views on the meaning and value of the EU’s move to remove Iceland from its list of countries having applied for membership.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, head of Iceland's Pirate Party,

Pirate Captain’s mafia gaffe

1 Jun 2015 Birgitta Jónsdóttir, head of Iceland’s Pirate Party, has issued an official apology for comparing Skagafjörður to mafia Sicily.

Iceland no longer EU candidate

29 May 2015 Iceland has been removed from the EU’s list of countries having applied to join the Union, according to the European Commission’s website.

Majority support EU vote proposal

15 May 2015 The deadline for reactions to a proposal for a referendum on continuing Iceland’s accession negotiations with the European Union (EU) has expired. Six of the eight opinion documents received express support for the proposal while two express firm opposition.


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