Ville Tavio (right) of the Finns Party has crossed a line that has never been crossed before in the Finnish Parliament, says Antti Lindtman (left) of the Social Democrats. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Ville Tavio (right) of the Finns Party has crossed a line that has never been crossed before in the Finnish Parliament, says Antti Lindtman (left) of the Social Democrats. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Ville Tavio (PS), a first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament, on Wednesday provoked the disapproval of many of his fellow lawmakers by likening the European Union to Nazi Germany.

Tavio stated during a parliamentary discussion on the future of the 28-country bloc that people who support Finnish independence and the nation state are occasionally made to feel like they are part of some kind of a minority in Finland.

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The Finnish government should take action to accelerate the modernisation of the vehicle fleet, concludes a task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government should take action to accelerate the modernisation of the vehicle fleet, concludes a task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Finland must raise the fuel tax and adopt road tolls in urban areas if it is to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 2045, concludes an expert task force appointed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The task force presented its final report on measures to achieve the objective in Helsinki on Wednesday, 12 December.

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The Finns Party has zero credibility when it comes to submitting an interpellation on the topic of immigration policy, retorts Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
The Finns Party has zero credibility when it comes to submitting an interpellation on the topic of immigration policy, retorts Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Social Democratic Party has stated that it will not back an interpellation to be lodged against the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) by the Finns Party.

The Finns Party has invited all opposition parties to support its interpellation to determine if the government has succeeded in its asylum policy, the integration of immigrants, maintaining social peace, and protecting children and citizens.

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Pekka Haavisto, the newly elected interim chairperson of the Green League, has had a positive impact on the opposition party’s performance in opinion polls. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Pekka Haavisto, the newly elected interim chairperson of the Green League, has had a positive impact on the opposition party’s performance in opinion polls. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Green League has recorded a considerable up-tick in popularity after its recent leadership shuffle, reports YLE.

The public broadcasting company says its latest opinion poll indicates that popular support for the opposition party has surged by 2.6 percentage points to 13.9 per cent after the party handed over its reins to Pekka Haavisto on 3 November.

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Tarja Filatov (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Employment and Equality Committee, spoke in the Finnish Parliament on 15 November 2018. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)
Tarja Filatov (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Employment and Equality Committee, spoke in the Finnish Parliament on 15 November 2018. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

 

Tarja Filatov (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Employment and Equality Committee, has voiced her puzzlement with the fact that the government is about to reduce the waiting period for unemployment benefits only for employees who have been made redundant.

The waiting period would thus shorten from 90 to 60 days for employees who have been laid off, but remain at 90 days for employees who resign voluntarily.

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, says the government has agreed to present its proposal for introducing equity savings accounts for small investors to the Parliament. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, says the government has agreed to present its proposal for introducing equity savings accounts for small investors to the Parliament. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Finnish Minister of Finance, has revealed that the government agreed this morning to present its proposal for introducing equity savings accounts for small investors to the Parliament.

“We’re making progress on an important reform,” he rejoiced on Twitter.

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Pekka Haavisto’s (left) Green League and Jussi Halla-aho’s Finns Party made the biggest gains in the latest opinion poll commissioned by Alma Media. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen, Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)
Pekka Haavisto’s (left) Green League and Jussi Halla-aho’s Finns Party made the biggest gains in the latest opinion poll commissioned by Alma Media. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen, Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

 

The Green League and the Finns Party have both witnessed an up-tick in popular support with no more than some four-and-a-half months to go until the next parliamentary elections, indicates the latest opinion poll commissioned by Alma Media.

The Green League has thus seen its popularity creep up for two consecutive months, from 12.3 to 12.9 per cent in September—October and from 12.9 to 13.6 per cent in October—November.

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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), says the Finnish unemployment security system and unemployment services need a thorough overhaul. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), says the Finnish unemployment security system and unemployment services need a thorough overhaul. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), says the activation model for unemployment security has turned out to be precisely the kind of unjust benefit slasher as predicted by SAK.

“We will not approve the activation model,” he declared on Twitter, sharing an opinion piece critising the model published in Etelä-Saimaa on Wednesday.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, assures that the opposition party’s social security model would only reduce net income for individuals earning more than 3,500 euros a month. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, assures that the opposition party’s social security model would only reduce net income for individuals earning more than 3,500 euros a month. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, underscores that the social security system advocated by the opposition party would only have a negative impact on the disposable income of individuals earning more than 3,500 euros a month.

“Net income, or the amount of disposable income, would increase up until monthly earnings of roughly 3,500 euros,” she stated in a press conference in Helsinki on Tuesday.

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Timo Harakka (SDP) says the citizens’ initiative to abolish the gift and inheritance tax should have been considered appropriately in spite of lack of support from parliamentary parties. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Timo Harakka (SDP) says the citizens’ initiative to abolish the gift and inheritance tax should have been considered appropriately in spite of lack of support from parliamentary parties. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Parliament’s Finance Committee has come under criticism for deciding not to draft a statement on a citizens’ initiative to abolish the gift and inheritance tax.

Members of the Finns Party, Green League, Left Alliance and Social Democrats on Tuesday lashed out at the government of making a “shameful” decision that undermines the significance of citizens’ initiatives – in spite of the fact that none of the four opposition parties are supportive of the idea of abolishing the tax.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, presented the opposition party’s proposal for overhauling the social security system in Finland in Helsinki on Tuesday, 27 November. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, presented the opposition party’s proposal for overhauling the social security system in Finland in Helsinki on Tuesday, 27 November. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish social security system should be based on a basic income of 800 euros a month, according to the Left Alliance.

The opposition party unveiled its proposal for overhauling the social security system in Helsinki on Tuesday, arguing that an 800-euro basic income would largely remove the need for people to supplement the excessively low basic security with social assistance.

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