Prime Minister pens opinion column in the Financial Times - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Prime Minister pens opinion column in the Financial Times

Published August 14, 2009

The Financial Times published a letter written by Iceland’s Prime Minster Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir yesterday titled “Icelanders are angry but will make sacrifices.”
In the letter the Prime Minster writes of her governments plans regarding long-term cuts in government spending and the nations strict adherence to an economic strategy co-formulated with the IMF. Furthermore, she asserts that the Icelandic people are prepared to make sacrifices in order to re-establish amicable relations with other nations.
The Prime Minister also criticizes the Financial Times’ coverage of the pressure placed on the IMF by Dutch authorities, in alliance with the UK and Germany, to hold of lending to Iceland as a way of pressuring the nation regarding the Icesave fiasco, saying that the reportage made it more difficult for her government to convince parliament and Icelanders of the inevitability of the Icesave agreement being passed.
The entire column can be read on the Financial Times website, as can the article published in late July regarding the Dutch pressuring the IMF, which the Prime Minister references.

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