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Football apart, UK has no reason to envy Iceland

June 28, 2016

The Nordic nation outshone England on the pitch but its EU trade ties are nothing to emulate. It has the single market access that Britain already enjoys, only without any say over the rules. Nor can it dodge the free movement of people or contributions to the bloc’s budget.

Panama Papers can only clean up so much

April 4, 2016

A leak of some 11 mln documents from a law firm in the Central American nation has kicked off a global offshore tax hunt. Iceland’s prime minister is already under fire and other world leaders could be damaged. The impact may be limited, however, in the least democratic regimes.

Review: An Icelandic tycoon’s sorry saga

December 19, 2014

Thor Bjorgolfsson embodies Iceland’s volcanic rise and fall. He made a fortune in post-Soviet Europe, lost a bank in 2008 and caused Deutsche Bank years of grief with Actavis. This deal junkie’s memoir is self-critical in parts - but unlikely to win many new friends in Reykjavik.

How to stop worrying and love that volcano

April 19, 2010

It's tough on the flower-growers of east Africa, the salmon-farmers of the Orkney Islands, and almost everyone in or near the airline industry. For the rest of us, the eruption of an unpronounceable volcano is a heaven-sent chance to reflect.