Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, has declared that she has no intention to tear down the retail monopoly of Alko.
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, has declared that she has no intention to tear down the retail monopoly of Alko.

 

The Finnish government may be in for a fierce political battle over the distance sales of alcohol this autumn, but the battle will not jeopardise the retail monopoly of Alko, declares Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services.

“Alko’s monopoly won’t be torn down during my ministerial term,” she retorts.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has reiterated his concern about the lack of unemployment security for the non-owning family members of business owners.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has reiterated his concern about the lack of unemployment security for the non-owning family members of business owners.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has reiterated his calls for measures to improve unemployment security for the non-owning family members of business owners.

“This is a question of justice and employment. The family members of business owners who work for the company without having any ownership interest in it must have access to the same unemployment security as wage earners,” he underscored in his blog on Tuesday.

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Antti Rinne (left), the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, have continued to pick holes in each other’s economic policy initiatives.
Antti Rinne (left), the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, have continued to pick holes in each other’s economic policy initiatives.

 

The National Coalition and Social Democrats are embroiled in a spirited debate over the direction of economic policy making in Finland.

Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, declared on Wednesday that Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, and his “billion-euro populism” are presently the most serious threats to the Finnish economy.

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Ville Vähämäki (left) and Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports of their housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament.
Ville Vähämäki (left) and Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports of their housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament.

 

Teuvo Hakkarainen and Ville Vähämäki of the Finns Party have asked for more time to submit their reports about their controversial housing arrangements in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament, reports YLE.

The deadline for submitting the reports passed on Wednesday.

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Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, has announced he will be up for re-election to the Finnish Parliament in April 2019.
Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, has announced he will be up for re-election to the Finnish Parliament in April 2019.

 

Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Finnish Minister of Defence, has announced he will run in the parliamentary elections held in April 2019.

“I promised to mull over my future during the summer. I have made my decision: I will run in the parliamentary elections next spring,” he stated in his blog on Tuesday. “My party will be Blue Reform and my electoral district Uusimaa, from which I was elected to the Parliament in 2011 and 2015.”

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has hinted at the possibility of bringing a motion of no confidence against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has hinted at the possibility of bringing a motion of no confidence against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).

 

Several members of the opposition have expressed their interest in determining whether Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, continues to enjoy the confidence of the Finnish Parliament.

Soini has come under heavy criticism over the past couple of days after he, in his personal blog, voiced his satisfaction with the fate of a bill that would have legalised abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Argentina. The Argentine Senate voted 38 against to 31 in favour of the historic bill after an over 15-hour debate last Wednesday.

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Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, spoke to the media in a news conference organised in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, spoke to the media in a news conference organised in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) views on abortion are medieval, states Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party.

“I think it’s slightly disconcerting if your thoughts revolve too much around questions like this. I think there should also be other themes in politics,” Halla-aho stated in a news conference held in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August.

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Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), spoke in a meeting of the central organisation’s board of directors in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.
Jarkko Eloranta, the chairperson of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), spoke in a meeting of the central organisation’s board of directors in Helsinki on Monday, 13 August 2018.

 

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has announced its preparedness to take union-specific action if the government refuses to scrap a bill for the so-called redundancy act, arguing that the bill would place employees in an unequal position.

The bill would allow businesses with no more than 20 staff to make lay-offs on personal grounds.

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Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) in a press conference about the start of the school year in Helsinki on 2 August 2018.
Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) in a press conference about the start of the school year in Helsinki on 2 August 2018.

 

The Finnish government will launch new pilot projects to reduce the cost of textbooks and other educational materials in vocational and general upper-secondary education.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education, revealed last week that a total of four million euros has been allocated for the projects, half of which will be disbursed to vocational and the other half to general upper-secondary education institutions.

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“Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) commented to STT on Sunday.
“Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) commented to STT on Sunday.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has invited the wrath of the opposition by refusing to condemn the anti-abortion comments made on Friday by Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

“We talked about this between late May and early June. Everyone has a right to their personal opinions,” Sipilä stated to STT on Sunday.

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Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has provoked yet another political outcry by expressing his opposition to abortion.
Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has provoked yet another political outcry by expressing his opposition to abortion.

 

Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has once again raised eyebrows by declaring his opposition to abortion.

Soini on Friday commended the Argentine Senate for rejecting a bill that would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. “Long live life! Stronger than death,” he wrote in his personal blog.

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