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Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson

Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson writes mainly about politics and international issues. He holds a bachelor‘s degree in political history and a master‘s degree in international relations with focus on European studies and defence and security.

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, chair of the Restoration Party ('Viðreisn').

Pro-EU parties abandon push for fresh EU accession talks

7 Nov The leaders of both the remaining political parties in Iceland's parliament which favour joining the European Union have declared that their policy calling for a referendum on whether to re-apply for EU membership will not be a condition for possible participation in a new government.

Pro-EU influence in Iceland's parliament significantly reduced

1 Nov The general elections in Iceland on October 28 saw the influence of political parties in favour of joining the European Union significantly reduced in the country's parliament. Only eleven MPs out of the total number of 63 now belong to parties with a pro-EU platform.

Fresh poll confirms Iceland's long-standing opposition to EU membership

18 Oct Most Icelanders do not want their country to join the European Union according to an opinion poll produced by Gallup and published on Monday. Membership of the bloc has been opposed in every opinion poll published in Iceland since July 2009 or for more than eight years.

Former central banker Jón Sigurðsson.

Little taste for EU membership in Iceland

17 Apr Much needs to happen for the Icelandic people to change their minds and support membership of the European Union according to Jón Sigurðsson, former president of the Central Bank of Iceland who also once served as the country's Minister of Commerce.

Two-thirds reject EU membership

23 Feb The majority of Icelanders remain opposed to membership of the European Union (EU) according to a new opinion poll produced by MMR. 54% say they do not support the idea that Iceland should become part of the bloc while 25.9% are in favour.

Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party.

Will not support an EU referendum

6 Jan Referendum on whether Iceland should re-apply for membership of the European Union would not be in line with the policy of the conservative Independence Party ('Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn') party leader Bjarni Benediktsson said earlier this week.

Opposition to EU membership on the rise

17 Nov 2016 Judging from a fresh opinion poll by MMR a growing number of Icelanders want their country to remain outside the European Union or 57.8% compared with 50.6% according to a similar poll conducted in late September.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir MP, founder of Iceland's Pirate Party.

Is Iceland heading for a Pirate takeover?

28 Oct 2016 Icelanders are electing a new government tomorrow, on October 28th. Iceland’s Pirate Party may be about to make history as the world’s first ‘pirate’ movement to win national general elections. For the first time, it could form part of a ruling coalition, as many voters remain bitter about the 2008 financial crisis and the perceived arrogance of an elite class.

Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, leader of the Progressive Party.

Time to reconsider Iceland's EEA membership

12 Oct 2016 The time has come to measure the success of Iceland's membership of the European Economic Area and the Schengen cooperation and consider alternatives, according to a newly adopted foreign policy of the governing Progressive Party.

Icelanders remain opposed to EU membership

29 Sep 2016 A majority of Icelanders remain opposed to joining the European Union (EU), according to a new opinion poll conducted by MMR. This has been the case for over seven years.

Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.

Britain would bring more influence to EFTA

14 Aug 2016 "When more countries join your club that usually means more influence on the international stage," says Iceland's Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir in an interview with the Norwegian online business newspaper E24 Næringsliv.

Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir among other EFTA ministers.

EFTA to maintain close relations with Britain

27 Jun 2016 The member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) aim to maintain close economic and trade relations with Britain after the country leaves the European Union.

Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.

Trade with Britain to continue as before

26 Jun 2016 The government of Iceland is already considering the possibility of a bilateral economic and trade agreement between Iceland and Britain following the British referendum on Thursday resulting in a majority for leaving the European Union.

Króna expected to remain Iceland's currency

10 Apr 2016 Two-thirds of members of The Confederation of Icelandic Employers ('Samtök atvinnulífsins') expect the Icelandic króna to remain Iceland's currency in the future according to a survey introduced at the CIE's annual general meeting on Thursday.

Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir arrives at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Who is Iceland's new top diplomat?

9 Apr 2016 The recent cabinet shuffle in Iceland, which saw former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson step down after being named in the Panama Papers, has produced one new minister. Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir is Iceland's new Foreign Minister. But who is she?

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