Syria's ongoing conflict has exposed the weaknesses of the international community, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
“The senseless bombings of civilians and children continue and no one is able to do a thing. One has to ask how something like this is even possible in 2016,” he stated in his speech at an event organised by the Finnish Club on Tuesday.
Finland has demonstrated its ability to provide clothes, food, housing and medication to tens of thousands of people in practically no time by handling the massive influx of asylum seekers it witnessed in 2015, estimates Mika Niikko (PS).
“Finland is able to house, feed, clothe and medicate 32,000 aliens in a single moment. Yet, we have never succeeded in eradicating homelessness,” he writes in a blog post on Puheenvuoro. “If we so desire, we can put an end to homelessness in Finland. We have the readiness as well as the experience needed to accomplish that.”
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, believes the significance of trade union membership will increase as a result of mega-trends shaping the nature of the working life.
“If there was no trade union movement, this would be the time to invent it,” she stated in a speech to her party comrades, thus rejecting the views of Bengt Holmström, the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
The Ministry of Finance sought to influence the outcome of the most recent parliamentary elections by publishing its economic review in the heat of campaigning, says Erkka Railo, a senior researcher at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku.
“The Ministry of Finance published its review of the national economy precisely one month before the elections,” he said at the launch event of his new book on Wednesday.
It may be difficult to prevent pupils from recording videos of their teachers in the classroom, estimates Marko Forss, a senior sergeant at the virtual policing unit of the Helsinki Police Department.
“With the Basic Education Act defining teaching as a public activity and pupils usually having the right to be in the classroom in question, you can conclude that recording a video is principally permitted under the Criminal Code. It is clearly illegal, on the other hand, to record videos in the lavatories or dressing rooms of schools, which could be considered a case of illicit observation,” he says.
Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence, has called for a re-examination of the demilitarisation of Åland.
Niinistö stated in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday that the demilitarised status of the autonomous string of islands outside the south-western coast of Finland could be re-examined, for example, in the context of the ongoing discussion about defence co-operation between Finland and Sweden.
The Helsinki Police Department has revealed that over half of the impaired driving cases it has registered this year have been drug-related.
“The number of impaired driving cases has increased moderately in recent years, but what is especially alarming is that impaired driving cases related to drug abuse have increased considerably,” Seppo Kujala, a superintendent at the Helsinki Police Department, says in a press release.
Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence, has reiterated his concerns about the demilitarised status of Åland.
“Åland as a demilitarised region represents a military vacuum. It is susceptible also to restricted, swift operations conducted by small units; I continue to refer to the recent events in Crimea,” he writes in his personal blog.
Heikki Taimio, a senior researcher at the Labour Institute for Economic Research (PT), has pointed out that both of the two recent Nobel Prize Laureates from Finland, Martti Ahtisaari and Bengt Holmström, have, on the one hand, expressed their support for the welfare state and, on the other, criticised the trade union movement.
Taimio points out that studies conducted in several countries have found a link between income inequality and declining trade union membership.
Finland's two most recent Nobel Laureates – Bengt Holmström and Martti Ahtisaari – may come from different sectors of the society, but they agree on at least one issue: trade unions are too influential in Finland.
“I'm of the opinion that the elephant in the room is the labour market and the influence of the trade union movement in Finland,” Holmström said in an interview with MTV on Tuesday. “Trade unions hold on to the past, which is understandable, but over time they will crumble automatically. The only question is how soon.”
Mika Niikko (PS), a second-term Member of the Finnish Parliament, has rejected suggestions that he channelled state subsidies to a handful of food aid organisations with ties to him.
Helsingin Sanomat revealed on Friday that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has granted a one-off subsidy of 765,000 euros to a food aid project that, according to experts at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), was worse than the other application under consideration.
Heikki Taimio, a senior researcher at the Labour Institute for Economic Research (PT), has voiced his bafflement with the insistence to pursue an austerity-based rather than stimulus-based fiscal policy in Finland.
He points out in an interview with Uusi Suomi that a plethora of international institutions – such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the European Commission – are all currently of the opinion that fiscal stimulus is needed to reinvigorate economic growth.
Statistics Finland has dashed cold water on hopes of a recovery in the manufacturing industries of Finland.
The statistical institution reported earlier this week that the value of new orders in manufacturing plunged by 12.6 per cent year-on-year in August, representing already the twelfth consecutive month of declining order intake and bringing the cumulative drop for the year to 11.6 per cent.