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ICELAND NAMES ACTING
he deputy leader of the Progressive Party,
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, has been named
as Iceland’s acting prime minister after the
party’s chairman, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson,
resigned following the Panama Papers scandal.
Gunnlaugsson stepped down as prime minister following documents
leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The documents
have raised questions over the former Icelandic prime minister’s tax
affairs, specifically the sale of assets to his wife for a minimal $1
(~€0.87). The two bought offshore company Wintris in 2007, but
Gunnlaugsson did not declare an interest when he entered parliament
Gunnlaugsson has said that he
did not break any laws, but the
leaked information sparked a
massive protest in Iceland
earlier this week, calling for the
prime minister’s resignation.
Although Gunnlaugsson had
initially refused calls to resign, mounting pressure from opposition
parties caused him to ask President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to dissolve
parliament and call an early election.
However, the former prime minister also took to social media to
complain about the pressure that was aimed at him, and suggested
that he did not wish to resign, but felt he had been forced to do so.
Johannsson, the acting prime minister, also currently serves as the
minister for agriculture and fisheries.
7 April 2016
SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS
series of explosions have hit an airport and
a metro station close to EU institutions in
At least one person has been confirmed dead and several more injured
after a double explosion hit a departure hall and runway at Zaventem airport
at around 08:00 CET.
Belgian news agency Belga has reported that shots were fired and shouting
in Arabic heard before the blasts. The cause is not yet clear.
All operations have been suspended and the building evacuated, according
to the airport. It will remain closed until further notice.
Some 90 minutes later, a thirdexplosion struck Maalbeek metro station in
central Brussels. The entire metro system has since been closed. It is not yet
known how many people have
been affected by the blast.
The explosions follow the
arrest of Salah Abdeslam on
Friday. Abdelslam is suspected
of involvement in the
November terror attacks in
Paris which left 130 people
dead. Police had been on high
alert for any retaliatory attacks.
The government has now set the alert level to maximum. Maalbeek metro
station is situated less than 0.5km from the Berlaymont building, which
houses the headquarters of the European Commission. Other EU buildings
are also located nearby.
Zaventem airport is located northeast of Brussels city centre.
22 March 2016
© Christophe Cunen-Classens,EU-delegasjonen
The first months of 2016 have once again seen terrorists shake Europe to the core. On 22
March, three suicide bombers struck multiple locations across Brussels. Two explosions
took place in the check-in area of the main terminal at Brussels’s Zaventem airport, whilst
a third blast hit the Maalbeek metro station, not far from the headquarters of the
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has set 23 June as the date when the electorate will
decide whether their country should stay in or leave the EU. The referendum follows late
night talks with national leaders in Brussels, which resulted in the UK leader announcing
he had secured “special status” for the island country “in a reformed Europe”.
Europe has also been affected by the revelations in the Panama Papers scandal, leading
to the resignation of Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has unveiled a series of steps that it will take to
fully restore the Schengen Area by the end of the year.
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