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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Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke to the press at Helsinki Airport on Sunday after announcing his decision not to seek re-election as the chairperson of the Finns Party.
Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke to the press at Helsinki Airport on Sunday after announcing his decision not to seek re-election as the chairperson of the Finns Party.

Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has announced his decision not to seek re-election at the helm of the Finns Party, sparking speculation not only about his successor but also about the future of the three-party ruling coalition.

“I will not seek another term at the party conference held in Jyväskylä at the beginning of June,” Soini wrote in his blog on Sunday. “Something different lies in my future.”

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Green League’s record-high number of candidates for the upcoming municipal elections is an indication of growing public interest in the values it represents, views Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the opposition party.
Green League’s record-high number of candidates for the upcoming municipal elections is an indication of growing public interest in the values it represents, views Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the opposition party.

The Green League has announced that it is set to enter the upcoming municipal elections with a record-high number of candidates.

The opposition party revealed yesterday morning that it has by far exceeded its national target of 2,500 candidates and that, with several hours left before the deadline for candidate filing, it expects the number of candidates to increase further.

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Demonstrators hold anti-Brexit and anti-US President Donald Trump placards as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 1, 2017. British MPs have approved the first stage of a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. Ahead of the vote MPs were debating the legislation which would allow the government to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, formally beginning two years of exit negotiations.

Most British expatriates living in the European Union are concerned that Brexit will limit their automatic right to live in their country of residence, according to a new survey.

Almost 83% of respondents said that they were “very concerned” about the impact Brexit could have on their rights and benefits as an EU citizen. Less than 4% claimed to be “not at all” concerned.

More than 5000 Brits living in the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland participated in the survey, which was carried out by the European branch of the British Liberal Democrat party.

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The Finns Party is delighted that its proposal to abandon the tax on motorcycles was successful, says Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.
The Finns Party is delighted that its proposal to abandon the tax on motorcycles was successful, says Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.

The Finnish Government has called off its plan to levy a tax on motorcycles and pleasure boats.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) announced yesterday that the revenues generated by the taxes will, according to the latest calculations, fall short of initial estimates and that the preparatory work has been suspended at the request of Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (PS).

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Pekka Haavisto (Greens) appeared on YLE TV1's Ykkösaamu on 11 February, 2017.
Pekka Haavisto (Greens) appeared on YLE TV1's Ykkösaamu on 11 February, 2017.

Pekka Haavisto (Greens) announced his willingness to become the candidate of the Green League in the presidential elections of 2018 in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

Haavisto revealed to the public broadcasting company that he mulled over his decision for a while but decided in favour of seeking the presidency to ensure the elections will provoke discussion about the future and security of Finland.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) kicked off the municipal election campaign of the Centre Party on Sunday.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) kicked off the municipal election campaign of the Centre Party on Sunday.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) insists that there is no pressing need to resort to additional spending cuts in Finland.

“The cuts necessary in the short term have been made. We will not make more cuts,” he promised in a speech during the municipal election cruise of the Centre Party on Sunday. “A turn for the better has taken place in the economy. Unemployment fell below eight per cent in December. The economy is growing, and more and more people are finding jobs.”

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