About: Finland

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.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

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.
Arctic Agenda 21-03-2019

Arctic black carbon work hampered by US and Russia, says Finland

The Arctic region’s co-operation in the battle against global warming by reducing black carbon emissions is being hampered by the United States and Russia, the Finnish foreign ministry said on Wednesday (20 March).
08-03-2019

Finland’s government falls over failed healthcare reform

Finland’s government resigned on Friday (8 march) after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key policy, the Finnish president’s office said, throwing the country into political limbo.
Global Europe 08-02-2019

Avoid politicising Arctic issues, expert warns

The Arctic has so far been largely conflict-free. If this ever changes, it will probably be the result of a spillover from other parts of the world, Arctic expert Svein Rottem told EURACTIV.com in an interview, in which he spoke about Arctic governance and the EU’s role in the region.
Arctic Agenda 01-02-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Songs about land and ice

Northern Europe's indigenous Arctic people battle to maintain traditions as their culture and age-old way of life is increasingly threatened by climate change and globalisation.
Future EU 31-01-2019

Implementation key for regaining trust, Finland’s PM tells EU lawmakers

Democratic forces of Europe will win back the trust of the people by making decisions and by implementing them, at home and here in Brussels, Finland’s Juha Sipilä on Thursday (31 January) told EU lawmakers in Brussels.

Finland becomes tenth participant country in European Intervention Initiative

In a meeting in Paris on Wednesday (7 November), the nine ministers from the member countries of European Intervention Initiative (EI2) welcomed Finland as the tenth participant. The group’s objective is to promote Europe’s strategic autonomy in security and defence. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-10-2018

Stubb: No room for populism in EPP, European values are under threat

After serving his country as a minister and prime minister, and gaining first-hand experience in dealing with some of the EU's biggest crises, Alexander Stubb is now vying for the top job in the European Commission. He presented his credentials during an interview with EURACTIV.
Health 05-10-2018

Estonia and Finland first to start exchanging healthcare data by end of year

Estonia and Finland will start exchanging digital prescriptions at the end of the year, in a groundbreaking move that Estonian Health Minister Riina Sikkut said she hoped other EU countries will follow.
Climate change 24-07-2018

Greece seeks help from EU allies to tackle raging fires

Greece has appealed for help from other countries to help tackle a spate of fires which were raging uncontrolled in the country on Monday (23 July), its fire brigade said.

EPP gets another top job: Finland’s Itala to head OLAF

Finland’s Ville Itälä will be the new director-general of OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office. He comes from the Finnish Kokoomus party, affiliated with the centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) and will move to Olaf from his current post with the European Court of Auditors.
Future EU 11-06-2018

Finns Stubb and Katainen leave door open to EU Commission top job

Former Finnish prime ministers Alexander Stubb and Jyrki Katainen left open the possibility on Saturday (9 June) that they would run to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU executive’s president next year.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

Expert: Basic income experiment did not fail

The Finnish basic income experiment is currently causing a stir, some even declare it has failed. That is not entirely correct but there are important decisions to make in Finland. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “WirtschaftsWoche” reports.
Circular economy 20-04-2018

Circular bio-economy supports growth and mitigates climate change impact

A European strategy for bio-economy should take the structural differences of different member states into account while also promoting and reinforcing a common vision for the sector, write Carina Håkansson and Mårten Larsson.
Energy 11-04-2018

Finland confirms coal exit ahead of schedule in 2029

Finland’s environment minister said on Tuesday (10 April) his country will ban the use of coal in energy generation in 2029. The Finnish government is also looking into a large-scale subsidy scheme that will reward energy firms for ditching the fossil fuel ahead of time.
Future EU 06-03-2018

Eight northern EU states urge caution in eurozone reforms

Eight northern European countries said today (6 March) that euro zone reforms should focus on completing the banking union, improving compliance with budget rules and setting up a European Monetary Fund, with more ambitious plans left for later.
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

Finland differs with Commission on European Monetary fund

Finland supports the idea of expanding the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) fund into a European monetary fund but does not back the European Commission's proposal on having the European Parliament oversee it, Helsinki said yesterday (15 February).

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