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Politics 08-09-2017

Russia in the meddle: Interference in the West intensifies

Espionage, disinformation and threats: Putin's "active measures" to destabilise European societies and governments are multiplying, according to a report by the European Council for International Relations (ECFR). EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 01-09-2017

Finland doubles down on nuclear power as coal heads out the door

Finland is set to embrace a decarbonised future by increasing carbon taxes and introducing laws in 2018 that will begin to phase out the use of coal, with more nuclear capacity waiting to offer an alternative fuel source.

Elections 14-06-2017

Finnish government survives as new populist faction emerges

Finland's government avoided collapse yesterday (13 June) after Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his coalition could carry on with a new populist faction which emerged when an anti-immigration party split in two.

Global Europe 02-06-2017

The Arctic: Rebooting the European software

After failing again to become a permanent observer to the Arctic Council, the European Union needs to rethink itself when it comes to the Arctic, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.

Protecting conservation or commercial interests?

The highly invasive raccoon dog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, yet cynical moves are afoot to thwart this conservation measure, warn Ilaria Di Silvestre, Staci McLennan and Joanna Swabe.

Climate change 12-05-2017

Tillerson gives nod to Paris Agreement at Arctic Council meeting

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognising the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Wednesday (10 May) but said President Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken US commitments to the pact.

Digital 11-05-2017

Smart city mayor: Digitalisation contributes to equality

When Nokia lost the smartphone race against Apple, its key R&D centre in Oulu, a high-tech city of 250,000 in northern Finland, weathered mass layoffs. Nokia has since rebounded and returned jobs to the area. Mayor Päivi Laajala told EURACTIV Slovakia about its recovery.

Elections 11-05-2017

Finland: Make EU funding conditional for members turning away refugees

The European Union should attach more conditions to cohesion funds earmarked for some member states in its next budget framework, Finland's finance minister said today (11 May), saying they should do more to share the cost of taking in migrants.

Alcohol 11-05-2017

Finland, UK and Ireland singled out in 2017 ‘Nanny State Index’

Usually praised by the EU for its highly competitive economy, Finland came under attack by a group of free-market think tanks on Wednesday (10 May) for pushing “paternalistic lifestyle policies” aimed at curbing consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.

Global Europe 20-03-2017

Four EU members make up top 10 ranking of ‘happiest countries’

Only Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have made it into the top ten of the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report, released today (20 March) to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

Magic tricks in the forest: When member states make their emissions vanish

Countries are free to manage their forests as they choose, but reducing them to a tool of light-fingered carbon accounting can leave world deprived of vital carbon sinks, writes Hannah Mowat.

 

Brexit 03-03-2017

The EU must uphold its fundamental values

The EU must recognise its shortcomings and remain united. Some member states want more integration, others don’t. Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä proposes no new treaty change and a focus on cooperation in which the bloc moves forward at the same pace.

Elections 01-03-2017

Europe’s right in free fall as socialists surge

Marine Le Pen and the German far-right are suddenly losing votes but it remains to be seen how long the strong socialist rise led by Martin Schulz and Benoît Hamon will continue. EURACTIV’s partner Treffpunkteuropa reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Education: Europe’s problem child

Many EU member states are too slow to implement socio-political reforms in crucial sectors like education, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 02-02-2017

What Finland doesn’t want you to know about its forests

Forests are considered the nation’s ‘green gold’ in Finland. But the government's new climate and energy strategy means their potential as a carbon sink will halve in the coming years, reducing the ability to use forests as a buffer against climate change, writes Satu Hassi.

Transport 31-01-2017

Baltic PMs sign deal to build high-speed rail link

Baltic state leaders inked a deal on Tuesday (31 January) to build a high-speed rail link to Berlin and Western Europe that has taken on added significance due to concerns over a resurgent Russia.

Global Europe 27-01-2017

Fears grow in EU that Trump is about to lift sanctions against Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with Donald Trump tomorrow (28 January), a source said today (27 January), as rumours grow that the US president will lift the sanctions against Russia imposed over its intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat

EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems.

Finland first in Europe to take basic income plunge

Discussions between the supporters and opponents of the idea of Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) are fierce but Finland has bitten the bullet and implemented the concept across the country in a new landmark pilot project. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 22-12-2016

‘Finnish UKIP’s’ referendum bid fails to find enough support

A petition to hold a referendum on whether Finland should leave the European Union failed to attract enough signatures by yesterday’s (21 December) deadline to move the proposal to parliament.

EU riven by big wage disparities

Income inequality is rife within the EU, with average wages in northern member states up to five times higher than those in Southern Europe, according to Eurostat figures published on Monday (12 December).

Security 05-12-2016

Study: Militarisation on the rise to counter Russia

Militarisation has increased in Europe and five of the continent's countries are in the top 10 of a new index that compares defence spending with social factors. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Young Europeans continue to find it difficult to fly the nest

New statistics highlight how serious Europe’s economic malaise is still affecting young people, as significant numbers of 18-35 year-olds continue to live with their parents.

24-11-2016

Protected forests in Europe felled to meet EU renewable targets – report

Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.