Political parties in Iceland http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29532/all en Iceland's ruling party picks EU supporter for top job http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/icelands-ruling-party-picks-eu-supporter-top-job <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's Social Democratic Alliance party Saturday elected as chairman a lawyer known for his support of the euro, replacing Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir who is due to retire at the end of her term.</p> <p>"In the (April) elections ahead the strength of the Social Democratic Alliance will be tested as never before," Arni Pall Arnason said in his acceptance speech.</p> <p>As Iceland's economic affairs minister between 2010 and 2011, Arnason advocated adopting the euro and positioned himself as a strong supporter of Reykjavik's plans to join the European Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/icelands-ruling-party-picks-eu-supporter-top-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics Politics of Iceland AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:45:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744058 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland centre-right opposition poised for election win http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/iceland-centre-right-opposition-poised-election-win <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's centre-right opposition is seen likely to win general elections Saturday after a leftist coalition failed to meet voters' expectations in the aftermath of a financial crisis that threatened to capsize the country.</p> <p>Polls show a dead heat between the conservative Independence Party, in power for much of the postwar period, and the centrist-agrarian Progress Party, and both are vying to get their candidate in the prime minister's seat.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/iceland-centre-right-opposition-poised-election-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics Politics of Iceland Technology AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:16:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5823737 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland: the two main candidates for prime minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/iceland-the-two-main-candidates-prime-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two young Icelandic MPs, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and Bjarni Benediktsson, are the main contenders for the post of prime minister when Icelanders cast their ballots on Saturday.</p> <p>With their opposition parties running neck and neck, voters won't know which candidate will be tasked with forming a coalition government until the polls have closed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130423/iceland-the-two-main-candidates-prime-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Iceland Politics of Europe Politics of Iceland AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:16:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5823742 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland parties in last-ditch drive to woo undecided http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iceland-parties-last-ditch-drive-woo-undecided <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's main parties on Friday made a last-ditch television grab for undecided voters on the eve of an election that looks set to put an end to the island nation's EU membership talks.</p> <p>In the streets of the capital Reykjavik, though, there were few signs of election campaigning ahead of the Saturday polling.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iceland-parties-last-ditch-drive-woo-undecided" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics Technology AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:46:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826046 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland parties in last-ditch drive to woo undecided http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iceland-parties-last-ditch-drive-woo-undecided-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's main parties on Friday made a last-ditch appeal to undecided voters on the eve of an election that looks set to put an end to the island nation's EU membership talks.</p> <p>But while the main party candidates took to television news programmes to woo wavering parts of the electorate, in the streets of the capital Reykjavik there were few signs of campaigning ahead of Saturday's polling.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iceland-parties-last-ditch-drive-woo-undecided-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics Technology AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:16:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826075 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland government heads for defeat as centre right revives http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130426/iceland-government-heads-defeat-centre-right-revives <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Balazs Koranyi</p> <p>REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Icelanders fed up with austerity are set to oust the ruling Social Democrats in elections on Saturday after being wooed with promises of tax cuts and debt relief from the centre right that presided over the nation's financial meltdown five years ago.</p> <p>With promises of a quick recovery fading, voters are angered by mounting mortgage debt, rapid inflation and crippling capital controls that keep investment at a record low.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130426/iceland-government-heads-defeat-centre-right-revives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bjarni Benediktsson Business Europe Health Labor Political parties in Iceland Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:00:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5826458 at http://www.globalpost.com Opposition tipped to win Iceland general election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/opposition-tipped-win-iceland-general-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland goes to the polls on Saturday in a general election expected to return an opposition centre-right coalition to power four years after it was ousted over its handling of the country's dire financial crisis.</p> <p>An opposition victory will likely spell the end of Reykjavik's European Union membership negotiations, as both the centrist Progressive Party and the eurosceptic conservative Independence Party are in favour of putting a halt to Iceland's bid.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/opposition-tipped-win-iceland-general-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics of Iceland Technology AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:32:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826529 at http://www.globalpost.com Polls open in Iceland general election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/polls-open-iceland-general-election-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Polling stations opened on Saturday in Iceland, where the leftist coalition elected in 2009 in the wake of the country's financial crisis is expected to be voted out of power.</p> <p>The right-wing Independence Party and the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party, who both want to end the North Atlantic nation's EU accession talks, are expected to form a new coalition.</p> <p>The biggest party traditionally picks the prime minister but polls in the final weeks of campaigning have put the two parties neck-and-neck.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/polls-open-iceland-general-election-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics of Iceland AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:45:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826575 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland votes with EU talks hanging in the balance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/iceland-votes-eu-talks-hanging-the-balance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Icelanders voted Saturday in a general election likely to mark the end of the nation's accession talks with the EU, following a campaign focused on voter discontent with the leftist government's austerity measures.</p> <p>The right-wing Independence Party and the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party, who both want to end the northern Atlantic nation's EU accession talks, are expected to form a new coalition.</p> <p>The biggest party traditionally picks the prime minister but polls in the final weeks of campaigning have put the two parties neck-and-neck.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/iceland-votes-eu-talks-hanging-the-balance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Iceland Politics Politics of Europe Technology AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:16:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826596 at http://www.globalpost.com After crash, modesty a virtue in Iceland politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/after-crash-modesty-virtue-iceland-politics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>No rallies, baby-kissing or even posters: If you weren't told there was an election underway in Iceland this week, you wouldn't know it from walking down the streets of central Reykjavik.</p> <p>The campaigning ahead of Saturday's parliamentary poll has been a far cry from the last pre-crash vote of 2007, when the island nation's bloated banks poured money into the parties' coffers.</p> <p>"Some candidates came to the university. Otherwise I haven't seen any of them. Maybe they're shy," suggested Skuli Stinn Vilbergsson, a 29-year-old student.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/after-crash-modesty-virtue-iceland-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics Social Issues Technology AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:15:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826710 at http://www.globalpost.com Household woes overshadow EU talks in Iceland election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/household-woes-overshadow-eu-talks-iceland-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's centre-right opposition vowed to create jobs and ease the population's debt burden, as the crisis-battered nation voted in a general election marked by discontent with the leftist government's austerity measures.</p> <p>The right-wing Independence Party and the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party, who both want to end the northern Atlantic nation's EU accession talks, are expected to form a new coalition.</p> <p>The two parties have staged a remarkable comeback since being punished in the 2009 election for financial woes hitting the small island nation of 320,000 people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/household-woes-overshadow-eu-talks-iceland-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political parties in Iceland Politics of Iceland Technology AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:15:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826712 at http://www.globalpost.com Household woes overshadow EU talks in Iceland election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/household-woes-overshadow-eu-talks-iceland-election-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's centre-right opposition was seen winning Saturday's election after offering homeowners debt relief on ballooning mortgages, but there was little enthusiasm outside polling stations in what was largely seen as a protest vote.</p> <p>The right-wing Independence Party and the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party, who both want to end the northern Atlantic nation's EU accession talks, are expected to form a new coalition.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/household-woes-overshadow-eu-talks-iceland-election-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Political parties in Iceland Prime Ministers of Iceland Technology AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:01:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826848 at http://www.globalpost.com Opposition leading Iceland vote in early count http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/opposition-leading-iceland-vote-early-count-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's centre-right opposition took an early lead after polls closed Saturday in parliamentary elections, as voters punished the leftist coalition for austerity measures during its four years in power, according to early estimates.</p> <p>A partial count of ballots in one of the country's six voting districts -- a rural area in the south -- showed the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party with 33.5 percent of the vote, the conservative Independence Party with 28.4 percent and the Social Democratic Alliance Party trailing its rivals with just 10.5 percent.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/opposition-leading-iceland-vote-early-count-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Iceland Politics of Europe Politics of Iceland AFP Sat, 27 Apr 2013 23:45:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826882 at http://www.globalpost.com Opposition leading Iceland vote in early count http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/opposition-leading-iceland-vote-early-count-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's centre-right opposition took the lead after polls closed Saturday in parliamentary elections, as voters punished the leftist coalition for austerity measures during its four years in power, according to early estimates.</p> <p>A partial count of ballots in four of the country's six voting districts showed the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party with 16 parliamentary seats, the conservative Independence Party with 19 seats and the Social Democratic Alliance Party trailing its rivals with just 10 seats.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/opposition-leading-iceland-vote-early-count-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Iceland Politics of Europe Politics of Iceland Technology AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 02:45:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826897 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland conservative leader claims PM post http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/iceland-conservative-leader-claims-pm-post <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The leader of Iceland's conservative Independence Party, Bjarni Benediktsson, early Sunday claimed the post of prime minister after the centre-right opposition ousted the country's leftist government.</p> <p>"The Independence Party is called to duty again," Benediktsson told supporters, saying he was ready to negotiate a coalition that would lead the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130427/iceland-conservative-leader-claims-pm-post" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Iceland Politics Politics of Europe Politics of Iceland AFP Sun, 28 Apr 2013 03:15:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5826917 at http://www.globalpost.com