Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, unveiled his campaign platform in the race to lead the Finns Party on Friday.

Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, reiterated his reservations about the euro in unveiling his campaign platform in the race to become the next chairperson of the Finns Party on Friday.

In the long term, he estimated, it is possible, even likely, that Finland returns to its own currency.

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Emma Kari, a first-term MP from Helsinki, has announced her decision to seek election as the chairperson of the Green League.

Emma Kari, a first-term Member of the Parliament from Helsinki, announced her bid to take over the reins of the Green League in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Thursday.

Kari was the opposition party’s second highest vote-getter – after her friend and the party’s mayoral candidate in Helsinki, Anni Sinnemäki – in the municipal elections held in Finland on 9 April, with a tally of 5,959 votes.

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Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, believes marginalisation to be the single greatest threat to internal security in Finland.

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has revealed that security will be the main focal point, followed themes such as caring and employment, of the upcoming mid-term session of the Finnish Government.

“Marginalisation is the greatest threat to the internal security of our country,” she writes in a guest contribution to Pohjalainen.

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Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment, was forced to take a roughly ten-day sick leave in mid-March due to his heavy workload.

Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment, has indicated that his ministerial duties will be pared down after he was forced to take a roughly ten-day sick leave to normalise his blood pressure in mid-March.

“I have specifically asked to be relieved of the portfolio of the Minister of Justice,” he underscores in a blog posted on Puheenvuoro.

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The Pirate Party of Finland has won a council seat in Helsinki and Jyväskylä on Sunday, after coming up empty-handed in the three first elections held after its establishment in 2008.

The Pirate Party of Finland is finally beginning to reap the fruits of its long-standing efforts to establish itself in the political arena, rejoices Tiina Malinen, a deputy chairperson of the party’s district organisation in Pirkanmaa.

The Pirate Party won its first two seats in the municipal elections held on Sunday, after coming up empty-handed in the first three elections organised after its foundation in 2008.

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Pauli Kiuru, Member of Parliament for the National Coalition Party

MP Talk gives members of parliament the opportunity to share their views on Finnish society with an international audience. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Helsinki Times.

Last year, the editors of the main Finnish media organizations made a public statement on behalf of accountable and trustworthy media sources. This was in response to an increasing amount of hate speech, misleading information and disinformation on social media. Furthermore, among the traditional and trustworthy press, there has been a rise in the amount of “fake media”, whose background and aims are comparatively vague.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has reminded that the upcoming municipal elections are about more than the mayoral race that is heating up in Helsinki.
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has reminded that the upcoming municipal elections are about more than the mayoral race that is heating up in Helsinki.

The Centre, the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are practically neck and neck heading into next month’s municipal elections, indicates an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

The poll found that popular support for the Social Democrats stands currently at 19.9 per cent, that for the Centre at 19.6 per cent and that for the National Coalition at 19.0 per cent.

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hosts a Scottish Government cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh on March 14, 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that she will seek approval from the Scottish parliament for a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom.

Over the course of the last few months Sturgeon and the Scottish National party government have been trying to find an agreement with British Prime Minister Theresa May concerning Scotland’s future in a post-Brexit United Kingdom. Sturgeon has been demanding a special deal for Scotland that will keep them in the EU single market, only to see the idea rejected by the Conservative government.

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A close leadership race would help restore public confidence in the Finns Party, views Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament.
A close leadership race would help restore public confidence in the Finns Party, views Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament.

Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament, has announced his bid to become the next chairperson of the Finns Party, presumably setting the stage for a two-horse race for the leadership between himself and Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.

“It’d be catastrophic for the credibility of both the party and Terho, if he was anointed as the chairperson unanimously or by a crushing margin,” Halla-aho said in a video message published on Youtube on Monday.

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Jussi Niinistö (left), the Minister of Defence, has endorsed Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, to become the next leader of the Finns Party.
Jussi Niinistö (left), the Minister of Defence, has endorsed Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, to become the next leader of the Finns Party.

Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, announced his bid to succeed Timo Soini at the helm of the Finns Party on Monday.

His announcement was followed by statements of endorsement from two of his prominent party comrades: Maria Lohela, the Speaker of the Parliament, and Jussi Niinistö, the Minister of Defence.

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Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, was surrounded by members of the media at Helsinki Airport on Sunday.
Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, was surrounded by members of the media at Helsinki Airport on Sunday.

Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, is confident that his decision to hand over the reins of the Finns Party in June will not spark a political crisis in Finland.

“The leadership election won’t lead to a government crisis. If political differences of opinion become polarised by the mid-term session, that can lead to a government crisis,” he stated during a hastily organised press conference at Helsinki Airport on Sunday.

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