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Pirates Surge in Iceland

Stranger things have happened.

But this, after all, is 2016. And to a string of electoral impossibilities that suddenly became reality — including Britain voting for Brexit and Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination — the world may soon add a Pirate Party-led government in Europe.

Victory for the Pirates may not mean much in isolation. This exceptionally scenic, lava-strewn rock just beyond the Arctic Circle has a population less than half that of Washington, D.C., with no army and an economy rooted in tourism and fishing.

But a Pirate Party win would offer a vivid illustration of how far Europeans are willing to go in their rejection of the political mainstream, adding to a string of insurgent triumphs emanating from both the far left and far right.

To Jónsdóttir and other Pirate true believers — who define their party as neither left nor right, but a radical movement that combines the best of both — the election here could also be the start of the reboot that Western democracy so desperately needs.

“People want real changes and they understand that we have to change the systems, we have to modernize how we make laws,” said Jónsdóttir, whose jet-black hair and matching nail polish cut a distinctive profile in a country where politics has long been dominated by paunchy blond men.

Icelanders Demand Gunnlaugsson’s Resignation


Protests connected to the data leak scandal, currently being called “Panama Papers,” exploded Monday. Massive crowds showed up in front of Iceland’s Parliament in Reykjavik, to call on the resignation of Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and others involved in the scandal.

However, the prime minister does not appear to be ready to give up his position. “I have not considered quitting because of this matter nor am I going to quit because of this matter,” Gunnlaugsson said, according to the Associated Press. “The government has had good results. Progress has been strong and it is important that the government can finish its work.”



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