Finland has stepped up its efforts to revise the defence legislation in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris in mid-November.
Finland is currently not allowed to participate in military activities outside the European Union, but the legislative changes under consideration would according to Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance, allow it to provide military assistance also to the Baltic states.
The Finnish Post and Logistics Union (PAU) will appeal to other trade unions for support in the ongoing dispute over the terms and conditions of employment applied by Posti, its chairperson, Heidi Nieminen, has revealed.
The parties to the labour dispute will convene to discuss the terms and conditions of employment under the guidance of the National Conciliator on Monday.
The Government of Finland has had to earmark additional funds to cover the costs arising from immigration and asylum applications.
The Government decided on Thursday to supplement its budget draft for next year by allocating nearly half a billion euros, or 452 million euros, specifically to cope with the sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Finland.
Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment, has revealed in an interview on YLE Kioski that he is willing to consider employing capital punishment for terrorist acts.
He emphasised in an e-mail reply to an enquiry by Helsingin Sanomat that he is only willing to consider the matter. “And I mean consider. My position [on the matter] hasn't changed one bit since 2011,” he wrote. “I can't tell what would be a strict enough punishment for extremely cruel offences. That's why I'm telling you this is my position.”
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Prime business locations are the main motivation for Kesko to take over its rival grocery chains, Siwa and Valintatalo, estimates Arto Lindblom, a professor of marketing at Aalto University.
“That's definitely the main factor behind the takeover,” he says.
Kesko Food announced on Wednesday that it will acquire the operator of Siwa and Valintatalo stores, Suomen Lähikauppa, from the private equity firm Triton for approximately 60 million euros. The takeover will see the traditional retailer take control of a total of 643 Siwa and Valintatalo stores and add 4,100 employees to its payroll.
The terror attacks in Paris have reinstated a sense of urgency to the ongoing efforts to revise the intelligence laws of Finland.
Doubts, however, have been voiced over the efficiency of online intelligence activities especially due to a rapid growth in the quantity of data transmitted over the Internet and the use of increasingly sophisticated encryption methods.
The Finnish Government is intent on restricting the possibilities of successful asylum seekers to bring their families to Finland.
An agreement on the introduction of more rigorous criteria on family reunifications was reached already in the coalition negotiations, but the ballooning number of asylum seekers has added a new sense of urgency to the plans.
The efforts to settle a labour dispute between Posti and its employees resumed under the guidance of the National Conciliator, Minna Helle, on Sunday afternoon but ended inconclusively a few hours later.
Helle announced on Twitter after 9pm that some progress was made in Sunday's negotiations but that no settlement was found. The negotiations will continue on Monday, according to her.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS) has characterised the terror attacks in Paris in the early hours of Saturday as exceptionally brutal and indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. The attacks, he assured, will not be without consequences.
Soini will sit down with his counterparts from other member states of the European Union in Brussels on Monday.
The fact that Finland is currently the worst-performing economy in the eurozone has not gone unnoticed in the international media.
Telegraph and Financial Times, for example, reported on Friday that Finland has fallen to the bottom of the pack in a comparison of eurozone economies – a fact that prompted Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb (NCP) to dub the country as “the sick man of Europe” already in September.
President Sauli Niinistö has strongly condemned the terror attacks that are believed to have left 120 people dead and more than 200 injured in Paris in the early hours of Saturday.
“These terrible attacks against democracy are a crime against everybody. Finland will provide all possible support to France in the fight against terrorism,” Niinistö states according to a press release published by the Office of the President.
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