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Iceland’s Election in the International Spotlight

Saturday’s election in Iceland was covered extensively by the foreign press. Among the media to cover the event include Forbes, Deutsche Welle, Aftenposten and the Financial Times.

althingi-backyard_pkAlþingi, the parliament. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

Deutsche Welle went with the headline ‘In wake of financial woes, Iceland votes in anti-EU right.’ “The center-right will return to power in Iceland after voters rejected the austerity policies of the outgoing social democratic government. The victory will likely sink Iceland’s bid to join the EU,” the article begins.

Forbes covered the success of one of Iceland’s new parties, the Pirate Party, securing three seats in parliament, in an article entitled ‘Cutlasses Between Their Teeth, Three Pirate MPs Board Iceland’s Parliament.’ It was the first time that the movement won representation in a national party.

An article in Norway’s Aftenposten describes how voters are giving the pre-crash parties a new chance.

Before the election, after surveys had indicated what the outcome would be, the Financial Times reported that homeowners in Iceland now refuse to pay their mortgages as the Progressive Party has promised to write off 20 percent of their debts.

The article expresses surprise that Icelanders were planning to reject the government of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, especially in light of praise by Nobel Prize in Economics laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz and the IMF of Iceland’s economic recovery.

The article points out that Iceland’s economic growth of 1.6 in 2012 is higher than in most other European countries.


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