About: Finland

Energy 11-02-2020

Finland set to become EU’s sole uranium producer

The Finnish government has granted a uranium recovery and refinery permit to Terrafame, a 70% state-owned company. Since the Czech Republic and Romania have stopped their operations, this decision will make Finland the EU's only uranium producer. 
Economy & Jobs 27-01-2020

Finland’s paperworkers start three-week-long strike

Some 9,000 workers at Finnish paper mills will start a three-week strike on Monday (27 January) after wage talks broke down, their labor union said in a statement, the latest in a series of labor conflicts to hit Finland.
Politics 09-01-2020

Ombudsman slams EU Council for tolerating presidencies’ private sponsorship

With Coca Cola and BMW sponsoring Romania and Finland during their respective EU Council presidencies last year, it would appear that member states have no qualms with private sector funding. But the European Ombudsman finds that this tarnishes the EU's reputation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 17-12-2019

Estonia apologises after far-right minister taunts Finnish PM as ‘sales girl’

Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday (16 December) after Estonia's interior minister mocked Finland's new prime minister -- the world's youngest-serving government leader -- as "a sales girl" and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country.
Politics 09-12-2019

Finland gets youngest ever prime minister

Finland’s Social Democratic party appointed transport minister Sanna Marin as prime minister on Sunday (8 December), meaning all five leaders of the ruling parties are now women.
Politics 03-12-2019

Finland’s PM toppled by postmen

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday (3 December) after his handling of a postal strike soured relations between him and a member party of the ruling coalition.
Global Europe 26-11-2019

Amid Russia’s tightening embrace, Belarus seeks better ties with EU

Belarus is interested in building good-neighbourly ties with the European Union, and in particular with Stockholm and Helsinki, if there are no preconditions from the bloc, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday (25 November).
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2019

To target or not to target? That is the EU’s research and innovation question

There is a lot of money available to fund research and innovation in the EU, but it's not reaching the right people at the right time. Policymakers are debating whether more focused funding would make the situation better, or worse.

Sweden reveals plans for bank tax to finance defence spending increase

Sweden has revealed plans to introduce a new bank tax to fund the country's future increase in defence spending from 2022, as it revamps efforts to counter Russia’s military build-up in the Baltic Sea region.

Putin: US in position to deploy new cruise missile in Romania, Poland

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (21 August) that the United States was in a position to deploy a new land-based cruise missile in Romania and Poland and that Russia considered that a threat which it would have to respond to.
Future EU 12-08-2019

Hungary and Finland wage media war of words

In July, a spat broke out between Hungary and Finland, which took over the EU's rotating Council presidency Romania and with its program quickly became a new enemy for Budapest.
Future EU 09-07-2019

Finland kicks off EU presidency with bid to tackle ‘unfin[n]ished business’

"A sustainable Europe - a sustainable future". This is Finland's motto to kickstart its presidency in the European Council for the next six months. The Finnish programme seeks to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest, expand the digital internal market and strengthen military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Global Europe 04-07-2019

Putting values at the heart of the EU presidency

The goals of the new Finnish EU Presidency include a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable EU, the same priorities as its domestic agenda, writes Kaisa Penny.
Politics 28-06-2019

Finland to push EU review of internal security to face new threats

Finland will push for a review of the bloc’s internal security strategy to better face new challenges including hybrid threats, Finnish ministers explained on Thursday (27 June), as the country geared up to start its six-month-stint at the helm of the EU's rotating presidency.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2019

Finland softens opposition to eurozone budget as it takes over EU Presidency

On the eve of assuming the EU's rotating presidency, the new centre-left Prime Minister of Finland, Antti Rinne, accepted on Wednesday (26 June) the possibility of a “small” eurozone budget to support investments, as long as it remains part of the EU’s long-term spending plans.
Climate change 05-06-2019

Finland pledges carbon neutrality on eve of EU presidency

Finland’s new government said on Monday (4 June) the country will aim to cut its carbon emissions completely by 2035. The Nordic nation will take over the rotating EU presidency in July, with an ambitious pan-European climate deal still left on the negotiating table.
EU Elections 2019 10-05-2019

EU country briefing: Finland

Finland joined the EU together with its neighbour Sweden in 1995, turning away from its former foreign policy of  Finlandisation, in which it was forced to accept certain measures of Soviet influence on their domestic governance and foreign policy to maintain sovereignty.
Climate change 09-05-2019

US breaks from Arctic consensus on climate change

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, secretary of state Mike Pompeo refused to identify global warming as a threat, instead hailing an oil rush as sea ice melts. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Global Europe 07-05-2019

Pompeo: Russia is ‘aggressive’ in Arctic, China’s work there also needs watching

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday (6 May) that Russia is behaving aggressively in the Arctic and China’s actions there had to be watched closely as well, amid growing divisions in the polar region over global warming and access to minerals.
Arctic Agenda 02-05-2019

Pompeo on EU tour with Arctic stopover

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet the German and British leaders this month facing a raft of trans-Atlantic disputes, on a trip that will also affirm US interests in the Arctic.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Europe’s far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

The performance of the far-right in Finland’s elections has shown the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before the European parliament elections. The Finns Party strengthened their position in the country’s Parliament under the leadership...
Politics 15-04-2019

Social Democrats clinch narrow victory in Finland’s election

Finland's leftist Social Democrat party (SDP) leader Antti Rinne has declared victory in Sunday's general election. But it was one of the closest wins he could possibly get.
Politics 15-04-2019

Jussi Halla-aho, quiet hardliner behind Finland’s populist uproar

Jussi Halla-aho, whose nationalist Finns Party only narrowly failed to clinch victory in Finland's parliamentary election, is a former medieval language lecturer turned hardline MEP and vehement critic of immigration and Islam.

Basic income: the meaning of unpaid work

The German crowdfunding project "Mein Grundeinkommen” (my basic income) has already funded 300 people who have benefitted from a monthly income of €1,000 for a year and 13 Departments in France are eager to introduce such a financial subsidy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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