In an exclusive interview with EurActiv's journalist Henriette Jacobsen, Finland's European affairs minister Alexander Stubb emphasised that his country had benefitted tremendously from being an EU member state, not least economically, and was punching above its weight.
Finland has benefitted "tremendously" from joining the EU, where it continues to play a constructive and active role, says Alexander Stubb on the 20th anniversary of the Finnish EU membership referendum.
For many years during the Cold War, Finland wished to be part of the EU and to be seen as a truly Western country, but the difficult situation of having the Soviet Union next door prevented its accession to the Union until a referendum in 1994. Now, the Nordic country flourishes inside the EU where it plays the role of an arbitrator, Finnish experts say.
As the European Union weakens economically and institutionally, Europe's Nordic countries are considering seizing the economic opportunities presented by a comparatively stronger partner: Russia, writes Stratfor.
Addressing the European Parliament today (16 April) in Strasbourg, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen pleaded for the new concept of “fair integration”, which he said would keep the EU safe from the twin threats of nationalism and populism. Many MEPs saw his speech as a jockeying exercise for one of the EU's top jobs, which will be up for grabs in 2014.
Regional co-operation around the Baltic has helped spur trade growth, but more co-operation is needed, especially with Russia, if the region is to avoid the sea from becoming over-fished and polluted, argue two foreign ministers.
EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.
Finland has a business culture that helps start-up companies in the tech sector, says the chief operating officer of Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds. He fears, however, that European regulation could create problems in the future.
The failure to agree on the next EU budget at today's extraordinary summit leaves Germany with powerful negotiating leverage over the UK for the crucial summit on banking union scheduled in December, EurActiv has learned.
The UN Broadband Commission for digital development has set four targets related to accessibility, affordability and getting online in order to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals. Among these, universal access to broadband seems to be manageable, but affordability is and will continue to be the bigger problem, says Suvi Lindén.
The Eurogroup today (20 July) announced it would grant a bailout of up to €100 billion to Spain to help the country recapitalise its banks, following a telephone conference call during which finance ministers gave their backing to the rescue plan.
Finland and the Netherlands, the eurozone's most hardline creditor states, cast the first doubts on Monday on a European summit deal designed to save Spain and Italy from being engulfed by the currency bloc's debt crisis.
US Secretary of state Hilary Clinton continues to visit states that pose security concerns for Russia. Moscow will have to react in Finland and Latvia to make sure they do not take irreversible steps that would harm Russia's interests, says Stratfor .
Finland is considering increasing its military cooperation in the north, something it had been reluctant to do in the past because it did not want to damage its economic relationship with Moscow, writes Stratfor.
Pro-Europe politician Sauli Niinistö won Finland's presidential poll on Sunday (5 February), in an election that showed voters want to keep the country in the euro zone despite misgivings over European Union bailouts.
Pro-euro candidate Sauli Niinistö won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday, signalling that voters want to keep cooperating with the European Union despite their frustration over bailouts for debt-ridden member states.
Finance ministers from the 17-nation euro zone agreed on Monday (3 October) to Finland's collateral guarantees on its Greek loans, but delayed a decision to release the next tranche of aid until Athens agrees further privatisation of state assets to replenish its coffers.
Eurozone nations trying to persuade Greece to cough up cash collateral in return for aid risk delaying the debt-mired state's next bailout payment and driving it into default, rating agency Moody's said yesterday (22 August).
The EU has overestimated the importance of the Lisbon Treaty and the international community is still wondering who speaks for the European Union on the international stage, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.
Finnish voters threw sand in the gears of European Union plans to bail out Portugal on Sunday (17 April) by thrusting the anti-euro True Finns party into a crucial role in parliament and possibly into government.