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Articles in English

14.9.2016
WHAT┤S WRONG WITH EUROPE ľ AND WHY DON┤T YOU FIX IT?

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9.9.2016
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE NORDIC MODEL?

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31.3.2016
HOW TO SAVE CAPITALISM FROM THE CAPITALISTS - AND DEMOCRACY FROM THE PLUTOCRATS?

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15.2.2016
The Transition from totalitarianism to democracy: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BALTIC ROAD TO FREEDOM AND POST-INDEPENDENCE EXPERIENCE?

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10.2.2016
äSOLIDARITY OF SMALL NATIONS: UTOPIAN DREAM OR PRACTICAL POLITICS?

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Greinar 2013

21.9.2013
Um flÝsina og bjßlkann - fjˇr­a valdi­, dˇmsvaldi­ og si­areglur bla­amanna. Seinni hluti
═ ßratug hefur sßttavi­leitni minni veri­ mŠtt me­ Ýskaldri ■÷gn, ˇs÷nnum s÷gubur­i, eftirßspuna, illmŠlgi ß bak, hatri og hefnigirni. Fyrst var leita­ til l÷greglu og saksˇknara og reynt a­ fß ˇvininn dŠmdan. Ůegar ßkŠruvaldi­ vÝsa­i kŠrunum frß, var ßfrřja­ til "dˇmstˇls g÷tunnar" gegnum fj÷lmi­la. Ůa­ telst sŠtur sigur, ef ■a­ tekst a­ rŠna ˇvininn mannor­inu. Ůa­ var j˙ Štlunin frß upphafi.

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20.9.2013
Um flÝsina og bjßlkann - fjˇr­a valdi­, dˇmsvaldi­ og si­areglur bla­amanna. Fyrri hluti
Flestir vi­urkenna - a.m.k. Ý or­i kve­nu - a­ mannrÚttindi Ý rÚttarrÝki byggi ß ■vÝ a­ grundvallarreglan "saklaus uns sekur fundinn fyrir dˇmi" sÚ Ý hei­ri h÷f­ og virt Ý reynd. Samt vir­ist ■a­ vefjast fyrir m÷rgum, ■egar ß reynir.

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12.9.2013
Vi­tal vi­ Jˇn Baldvin Hannibalsson ß Harmageddon.
Vi­tali­

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11.9.2013
Jˇn Baldvin Hannibalsson Ý vi­tali ß ┌tvarpi S÷gu (FM 99.4) vi­ H÷skuld H÷skuldsson Ý dag, mi­vikudag, kl. 17:00.
Vakin er athygli ßhugasamra ß, a­ JBH ver­ur Ý vi­tali ß ┌tvarpi S÷gu (FM 99.4) vi­ H÷skuld H÷skuldsson Ý dag, mi­vikudag, kl. 17:00

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9.9.2013
H┴SKËLI ═SLANDS: EKKI MEIR, EKKI MEIR
äŮa­ versta er ekki fˇlska hinna illvilju­u; ■a­ versta er ■÷gn og afskiptaleysi hinna gˇ­vilju­uô
(Anonymus)


Skřringar forrß­amanna H═ ß fyrirvaralausri ßkv÷r­un ■eirra um a­ afturkalla rß­ningu mÝna til kennslu vi­ stjˇrnmßlafrŠ­ideild skˇlans, standast ekki sko­un. Ůeir leyfa sÚr a­ ganga langt Ý a­ hagrŠ­a sta­reyndum Ý von um a­ geta breitt yfir ■a­ ˇfremdarßstand, sem rÝkir innan fÚlagsvÝsindasvi­s. Ůessar skřringar bera vott um skort ß sannleiksßst, vilja til yfirhylmingar (e. cover-up) og ˇdrengskap Ý gar­ ■eirra, sem ver­a a­ b˙a vi­ aflei­ingarnar af ■eirra eigin kl˙­ri.

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5.9.2013
On the Icelandic Way and Capital controls
In a recent book ä═sland ehf. au­menn og ßhrif eftir hrunô ľ Iceland ltd., the Oligarchs and their Influence after the Crash ľ (Vaka/Helgafell, 2013) the authors, Magn˙s Halldˇrsson and ١r­ur SnŠr J˙lÝusson, both economic analysts in the media, give an overview of the äIcelandic wayô after the crash 2008. Specifically they try to estimate the ongoing transfer of wealth and the subsequent polarization of society. In the final chapter (p.205-292) they deal with the Icelandic experience of IMF-imposed capital controls. They were meant to be a short-term fix, but have now lasted almost five years. Here are some of the highlights of their coverage:

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31.8.2013
Hva­ s÷g­u nemendur um nßmskei­ Jˇns Baldvins?
Eins og viki­ er a­ Ý greininni: Hßskˇli ═slands ľ TalÝbanar Ý fÝlabeinsturni? hˇfst samstarf stjˇrnmßlafrŠ­ideildar H═ vi­ mig hausti­ 2009. Efni nßmskei­sins var: Geta smß■jˇ­a til a­ gŠta hagsmuna sinna og hafa ßhrif Ý al■jˇ­akerfinu. ľ Prˇfessor vi­ deildina fylgdi nßmskei­inu ˙r hla­i me­ inngangserindi um rÝkjandi kenningar um st÷­u smß■jˇ­a Ý al■jˇ­asamskiptum. ╔g fylgdi ■essu eftir me­ ■vÝ a­ rekja dŠmi um st÷­u og ßhrif smß■jˇ­a Ý ■vÝ kerfi al■jˇ­asamskipta, sem byggt hefur veri­ upp eftir Seinna strÝ­. ═ m÷rgum tilfellum gat Úg mi­la­ af eigin reynslu, eins og t.d.var­andi hafrÚttarmßl og ■orskastrÝ­, samninga vi­ Evrˇpusambandi­ (EES) og frumkvŠ­i ═slands a­ stu­ningi al■jˇ­asamfÚlagsins vi­ sjßlfstŠ­isbarßttu Eystrasalts■jˇ­a.

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28.8.2013
H┴SKËLI ═SLANDS: TAL═BANAR ═ F═LABEINSTURNI?
╔g hef a­ undanf÷rnu or­i­ Š meir undrandi vitni a­ sjˇnarspili innan veggja Hßskˇla ═slands. Mßli­ snřst vissulega um hei­ur hßskˇlans. En ■a­ var­ar ekki bara forrß­amenn ■essarar Š­stu menntastofnunar ═slands. Ůa­ var­ar alla, sem skilja mikilvŠgi ■ess a­ halda Ý hei­ri grundvallarreglur rÚttarrÝkisins og a­ vir­a mannrÚttindi.

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28.6.2013
A­ bjarga kapÝtalismanum frß kapÝtalistunum
Eftirfarandi grein um fjßrmßlakreppuna og vi­br÷g­ vi­ henni, m.a. ß ═slandi og Ý Lithßen eftir okkur Ramunas Bogdanas birtist fyrst Ý tÝmaritinu Valstybe og sÝ­an ß vefritinu Delfi, sem er langmest lesni fj÷lmi­ill Ý Lithßen. Greinin byggir a­ uppist÷­u ß stefnurŠ­u, sem Úg flutti s.l. haust ß Baltic Assembly, en Ramunas hefur fletta­ inn Ý hana k÷flum um aflei­ingar kreppunnar Ý Lithßen og vi­br÷g­ stjˇrnvalda ■ar Ý landi. Ramunas var fyrsti Lithßinn, sem Úg kynntist ß sÝnum tÝma. Hann var einn nßnasti samstarfsma­ur Landsbergis ß ÷rlagatÝmum sjßlfstŠ­isbarßttunnar. Hann er n˙na sjßlfstŠtt starfandi rith÷fundur og bla­ama­ur Ý Vilnius.

Sjßlfsagt eru ekki margir lŠsir ß lithßisku ß ═slandi (fyrir utan Lithßa, sem hÚr b˙a). En ■ß mß alltaf reyna a­ fß botn Ý ■etta me­ ■vÝ a­ leita ß nß­ir google ■ř­ingarvÚlarinnar.

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28.6.2013
Fundu enga styttu - en fundu hann sjßlfan Ý sta­inn?
Starfsfˇlk ReykjavÝkurborgar ß svi­ uppeldis- og Šskulř­sstarfs var ß fer­ Ý Vilnius Ý maÝmßnu­i s.l. vegna samstarfsverkefnis borganna. Ůeim haf­i veri­ sagt, a­ Ý Vilnius vŠri a­ finna styttu af undirritu­um, og fˇru vÝtt og breytt um borgina Ý leit a­ henni. Styttuna fundu ■au hvergi (enda er h˙n ˇrisin). Hins vegar fundur ■au okkur BryndÝsi ß f÷rnum vegi og komu Ý pitsupartÝ Ý gestab˙sta­ okkar vi­ A­alstrŠti (Didziijou Gatu). Ůau s÷g­u frß heimsˇkninni Ý eftirfarandi vi­tali vi­ dagbla­ Ý Vilnius.

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20.6.2013
IN PRAISE OF FREEDOM,
Vadovu Klubas: 15 year anniversary, Church of St. John┤s Vilnius University, June 6th, 2013

On June 6th "Vadovu Klubas" - an association of business leaders in Lithuania - celebrated their 15 years anniversary in St. John┤s Vilnius University. The president of Lithuania, Dalija GrypauskaitÚ - a former Minister of Finance and commissioner of finance - addressed the assembly. I was invited to give a key-note speech on the " Peaceful, Baltic Road to Freedom" and the response to it by the international community.

Since capitalists worldwide are this year celebrating the 300 years anniversary of the Scottish philosopher/economist Adam Smith, my Edinburgh University background came in handy to give my audience a few warning words on the dangers of unrestrained markets, supported by wise words from the social-democratic thinker, Tage Erlander, and the recently erected pope Francis (a former priest in the slums of Buenos Aires). While in Vilnius this spring, teaching at the university, the Lithuanians celebrated the 25 years anniversary of Sajudis, their independence movement. On June 3d, LRT (the Lithuanian public television channel) showed a new documentary on that occasion. This included an interview with me, focusing on the main events 1988-91. (This can be approached on the Internet).

Here is the text of my speech given in the Church of St. John┤s, Vilnius University, on June 6th.

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10.5.2013
Svipmynd: RAUđI ŮR┴đURINN......
Arnˇr elsti brˇ­ir minn var, eftir ■vÝ sem Úg best veit, fyrsti ma­urinn af Vesturl÷ndum eftir strÝ­ til a­ ˙tskrifast ˙r hßskˇlanum Ý Moskvu. Hann stunda­i ■ar nßm ß ßrunum 1953 (ßri­ sem fj÷ldamor­inginn StalÝn hr÷kk upp af) til 1959. NŠstu tv÷ ßrin stunda­i hann framhaldsnßm Ý heimspeki (m.a. hjß Kolakowski) Ý Krakß og Varsjß. Bß­ir voru ■eir ┴rni Bergmann og hann, en ■eir voru samtÝmis Ý Moskvu, vista­ir ■ar fyrir millig÷ngu Einars Olgeirssonar gegnum flokkstengsl.

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16.4.2013
Nßmskei­ um Hruni­
NIđURSTÍđUR RANNSËKNARNEFNDAR ALŮINGIS UM HRUNIđ:
ORSAKIR-┴BYRGđ-LĂRDËMAR

═ upphafi ßrs 2012 ßkva­ SamfylkingarfÚlagi­ Ý ReykjavÝk a­ efna til nßmskei­s um skřrslu Rannsˇknarnefndar Al■ingis um Hruni­. Skřrslan var alls Ý nÝu bindum e­a um 2000 bls.(auk fylgiskjala ß netinu). H˙n er ■vÝ mikil a­ v÷xtum og a­ hluta til um sÚrfrŠ­ileg mßlefni og ■vÝ ekki au­skilin ÷llum almenningi. ┴ nßmskei­inu var l÷g­ ßhersla ß a­ rekja ni­urst÷­ur skřrsluh÷funda, a­ ■vÝ er var­a­i orsakir hrunsins, ßbyrg­ stjˇrnvalda ß ■vÝ, og hva­a lŠrdˇma mŠtti draga af ■essari reynslu til a­ for­ast a­ endurtaka ßor­in mist÷k Ý framtÝ­inni. Nßmskei­i­ hˇfst 25. jan., 2012 og stˇ­ til loka febr˙ar.

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15.4.2013
Um pˇlitÝska ßhŠttustřringu
Ůa­ vill vefjast fyrir m÷rgum a­ eygja eitthvert äsystemô Ý galskap Ýslenskra stjˇrnmßla fyrir komandi kosningar. Kannski hŠfileg fjarlŠg­ frß vettvangi hjßlpi til vi­ rˇlega yfirvegun.

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12.4.2013
Recovering from the Crisis: INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE EMU?
April 9th The Institute for International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, held a seminar on the international financial crisis, comparing the fates of countries inside and outside the euro-zone. Main speakers were Jˇn Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Dr. Ingrida SimonitÚ, former Minister of Finance of Lithuania and Dr. Baldur Thˇrhallsson, Head of the Center for Small States┤ Studies at the University of Iceland. Dr. Ramunas Vilpisauskas, Head of the institute introduced the speakers, but Mr. Bo Tillberg from the Nordic Council of Ministers┤ Office was moderator.
Following are the speaking-notes of Mr. Hannibalsson:

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17.2.2013
The Nordic Model
February 2 this year the Economist published a special edition on the Nordic model. The authors came to the conclusion that the Nordic model had turned out, during the era of globalization, to be the most successful socio-economic model on the planet. It combined both efficiency and prosperity. It was both the most competitive and the most egalitarian society on earth. But, neo-liberal, as the Economist is, the authors tried their best to give credit for this unique success story to Sweden┤s conservatives, who have had a chance in government for a few years, to tinker with the system at the margins. But the system remains fundamentally intact.

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12.2.2013
Ormstunga - PanˇdÝl handa ■jˇ­hetjum

PanˇdÝl handa ■jˇ­hetjum

┴starsaga Ormstungu
Frumsřnd Ý Borgarleikh˙sinu 9. Febr˙ar
Leikendur:
Benedikt Erlingsson
Halldˇra Geirhar­sdˇttir
H÷fundar:
Benedikt Erlingsson, Halldˇra Geirhar­sdˇttir og Peter Engkvist
Leikstjˇrn: Peter Engkvist
Leikmynd: Hˇpurinn
B˙ningar: Hˇpurinn
Lřsing: Gar­ar Borg■ˇrsson og ١r­ur Orri PÚtursson
Sřningarstjˇrn: Christopher Astridge

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6.1.2013
Eitt kj÷rtÝmabil er ekki nˇg - ßramˇtagrein
Ritstjˇri dreifibla­sins ReykjavÝk, sem a­ s÷gn er bori­ ˙t Ý hvert h˙s Ý h÷fu­borginni, ba­ um ßramˇtagrein til birtingar Ý bla­i sÝnu vi­ upphaf nřs ßrs, 2013. Ůessi grein birtist hÚr ß heimasÝ­u minni.

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