Touko Aalto (Greens) was congratulated by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in the Finnish Parliament on 19 June, 2017, following his election as the chairperson of the Green League.
Touko Aalto (Greens) was congratulated by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in the Finnish Parliament on 19 June, 2017, following his election as the chairperson of the Green League.

 

The Green League has continued to make gains at the expense of more traditional political parties and emerged as the second largest party in Finland, finds a poll commissioned by YLE.

YLE on Thursday reported that voter support for the opposition party increased by 1.6 percentage points to an all-time high of 17.6 per cent between July and August, allowing the party to overtake both the Centre and Social Democratic Party.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) spoke to reporters in Espoo on 15 August, 2017.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) spoke to reporters in Espoo on 15 August, 2017.

 

The Centre Party is in favour of continuing levying the so-called solidarity tax on individuals with annual earnings exceeding 72,300 euros for another two years.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) clarified the party’s position on the issue during the summer meeting of the party leadership in Espoo on Tuesday, according to reports by several media outlets in Finland.

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Sampo Terho (NA), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, spoke at the summer meeting of the New Alternative in Espoo on 14 August, 2017.
Sampo Terho (NA), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, spoke at the summer meeting of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group in Espoo on 14 August, 2017.

 

Sampo Terho (NA), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, has revisited his decision to leave the Finns Party to co-found the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.

“The choice was difficult on an emotional level but absolutely the right one rationally. We’ve got a long road ahead of us – without party subsidies, without even a party, without an organisation on the ground,” he stated in a meeting of the parliamentary group in Tapiola, Espoo, on Monday.

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, discussed the Ministry of Finance’s budget proposal for 2018 in a press conference in Helsinki on 9 August, 2017.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, discussed the Ministry of Finance’s budget proposal for 2018 in a press conference in Helsinki on 9 August, 2017.

 

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has revealed that raising the employment rate remains a top priority for the government as it has not improved as much as the government would have wanted.

Finland’s employment rate is currently projected to have crept up to 70.2 per cent by the time the government leaves office in 2019.

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Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has reiterated his doubts over the political future of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has reiterated his doubts over the political future of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.

 

Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative, admits that the newly founded parliamentary group must step up its efforts if it is to meet the objective of collecting the 5,000 support statements required to enter a new party into the party register by the end of September.

“Our goal is to register the party during the course of September. That’s still our goal,” he asserted on Tuesday.

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, spoke to reporters after the first day of the two-day budget talks of the Ministry of Finance in Espoo on 8 August, 2018.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, spoke to reporters after the first day of the two-day budget talks of the Ministry of Finance in Espoo on 8 August, 2018.

 

The Finnish government is set to achieve its objective of reversing the debt trajectory before leaving office in 2019, says Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.

“It currently does indeed seem that the debt trajectory will be reversed by [2019], meaning that public debt will no longer be growing in relation to gross domestic product,” he stated to members of the media after the first day of the two-day budget talks of the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.

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Mikko Spolander, the director general of the economics department at the Ministry of Finance, has set a rather familiar tone for the ministry’s two-day budget talks set to take place on 8–9 August, 2017.
Mikko Spolander, the director general of the economics department at the Ministry of Finance, has set a rather familiar tone for the ministry’s two-day budget talks set to take place on 8–9 August, 2017.

 

Finland should refrain from stimulus measures and continue to implement reforms in spite of the nascent economic growth witnessed over the past several months, states Mikko Spolander, the director general of the economics department at the Ministry of Finance.

His statement sets a rather familiar tone for the two-day budget talks that are set to begin at the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.

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Laura Huhtasaari, a first-term Member of the Parliament from Pori, was on Friday unveiled as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party.
Laura Huhtasaari, a first-term Member of the Parliament from Pori, was on Friday unveiled as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party.

 

Laura Huhtasaari, a 40-year-old first-term Member of the Parliament from Pori, has come out of the gates swinging after being unveiled as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Finns Party.

“The EU is a problem,” she retorted in a press conference organised in Helsinki on 4 August, 2017. “More and more people are starting to understand that we’re part of a distant and bureaucratic system of administration against our will. The Finnish public didn’t vote for joining this kind of a federalist EU in 1994.”

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Maarit Feldt-Ranta (left), Tuula Haatainen and Sirpa Paatero are vying for the presidential candidacy of the Social Democratic Party.
Maarit Feldt-Ranta (left), Tuula Haatainen and Sirpa Paatero are vying for the presidential candidacy of the Social Democratic Party.

 

The Social Democratic Party’s presidential nominee hopefuls – Maarit Feldt-Ranta, Tuula Haatainen and Sirpa Paatero – have distanced themselves from the asylum policy position of President Sauli Niinistö.

The candidates went head-to-head in the first presidential debate of the SDP in Helsinki on Thursday.

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Also the views and attitudes of families should be taken into account in overhauling the family leave system in Finland, says Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.
Also the views and attitudes of families should be taken into account in overhauling the family leave system in Finland, says Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group.

 

The Finnish government is seemingly edging closer to beginning discussions on the mooted family leave reform.

The New Alternative Parliamentary Group on Tuesday confirmed it is ready to discuss cutting child home care allowances toward the end of the eligibility period as long as the period itself remains unchanged.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre) was pictured speaking to reporters after being sworn into office as the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services on 10 July, 2017.
Annika Saarikko (Centre) was pictured speaking to reporters after being sworn into office as the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services on 10 July, 2017.

 

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has revealed that she is ready to begin discussions on overhauling the family leave system in the government budget session in August.

The final obstacle to launching the discussions was seemingly cleared earlier this week.

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