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.
"The time has come in my opinion for us in Parliament to take into serious consideration what the position of the EFTA countries is based on the EEA Agreement when such demands are made by the European Union."
Roughly three out of every four voters in Iceland support the government, which took power at the end of November under the premiership of Katrín Jakobsdóttir following the general elections a month earlier, according to a fresh opinion poll by Gallup or about 74%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 Feb 2017
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.
6 Jan 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.