The speech delivered by President Sauli Niinistö at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday was exceptional both in terms of its content and the subsequent reactions, Markku Jokisipilä, the director at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku, gauges in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
Jokisipilä is hesitant to estimate whether the speech and reactions were utterly unprecedented but acknowledges that the speech has stirred up an unusual flurry of comments and criticism.
President Sauli Niinistö did not mince his words in criticising the debate culture in Finland at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“We have also become too accustomed to raising our voices at one another. Men, women, the tolerant, the intolerant and many others – including the police – have been criticised. We have indeed verbally abused each other in the most thoroughgoing manner,” he stated.
“Caruna is using its customers to cover its grid acquisition costs while siphoning profits out of Finland”
Jarkko Eloranta, the president of the Trade Union for Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL), has lashed out at Caruna for what he estimates is a horrible arrangement to cover the costs of its recent power grid acquisition and siphon its profits out of Finland.
“An individual customer has no choice but to pay because power grid operators have a natural monopoly in their area of operation,” Eloranta argues in a blog entry.
Ex-Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre) envisions in his new, self-published book Ulkopolitiikka (Eng. Foreign Policy) that the increasing co-operation between Finland and Sweden will eventually evolve into a bilateral union.
“I represent the school of thought that one should be very precise in regards to questions of war and peace,” he writes.
Anyone who knows how to pronounce the word ‘asylum’ is allowed into Europe and Finland, President Sauli Niinistö stated in his address at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“At some point, someone has to recognise that, here and now, we cannot fulfil all of our obligations under international agreements,” he said.
Ecologist Ilkka Hanski has received a prestigious international award for his ground-breaking scientific achievements.
Hanski became yesterday the first European scientist to receive the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Protection Biology, which – according to a press release published by the University of Helsinki – is valued at 400,000 euros.
The Finnish Energy Authority will not be able to assess and intervene in the notable increases in electricity distribution charges introduced by Caruna until the end of the ongoing four-year regulatory period in 2020 unless the Electricity Market Act is amended, reminds the Consumers' Union of Finland.
The tariff increases of up to 27 per cent introduced by Caruna have been widely deemed excessive and in violation of the legislation.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has stumbled into the global media limelight after announcing that he will not be able to fulfil his promise to open his home in Kempele, Northern Ostrobothnia, to a family of asylum seekers.
The BBC and the Guardian, for example, reported on his reversal earlier this week.
Opposition parties have continued to lambaste Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) for the education cuts laid out by his Government.
Satu Taavitsainen (SDP) expressed on Monday her support for a proposal that the Social Democratic Party, the Green League and the Left Alliance commit to overturning the cuts if they are part of the next ruling coalition. The proposal was initially put forward by Paavo Arhinmäki, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, last week.
Roughly a dozen companies have announced their interest in competing with VR on the railways of Finland, Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, revealed in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday.
“We've met with some and received proposals from some. We're currently evaluating [the options] and considering what would be best for Finland,” she said.
Teija Tiilikainen, the director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, has estimated in an interview with MTV that the flow of migrants across the eastern border of Finland may be a way for Russia to express its disapproval with the economic sanctions levelled against it.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, dismissed on Friday claims that Russia has orchestrated the movement of asylum seekers to Finland due to political motives, according to STT.
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