Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko (NCP) attended a question time session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 June, 2017.
Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko (NCP) attended a question time session in the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 June, 2017.

 

The Centre and the National Coalition have yet again found themselves at loggerheads over the reforms of regional governance and social and health care services.

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, on Monday estimated that the process to reform regional governance should be suspended until any possible constitutional issues in the bill to grant consumers greater freedom of choice over their social and health care service provider have been resolved.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) arrived for a summit of the EU leaders in Brussels on 22 June, 2017.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) arrived for a summit of the EU leaders in Brussels on 22 June, 2017.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has rejected the interpretation that the decision of Ritva Elomaa to re-join the Finns Party Parliamentary Group is the beginning of the end for his coalition government.

“There can be movement in both directions,” he reminded to reporters in Brussels on Thursday, according to Kauppalehti.

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Simon Elo (left), Sampo Terho and Tiina Elovaara announced their plans to establish the Blue Reform Party in a press conference at the Finnish Parliament on Monday, 19 June, 2017.

The 20 Members of the Parliament who left the Finns Party Parliamentary Group last week have established an association called Blue Reform with the intention of entering it into the party register in the imminent future.

“The collection of support cards will begin soon,” Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group, says in a press release.

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All legislators who left the Finns Party Parliamentary Group to join the New Alternative Parliamentary Group will be stripped of their membership in the Finns Party, Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, said on Friday.

Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has announced that the representatives who left the Finns Party Parliamentary Group to join the New Alternative Parliamentary Group will be stripped of their membership in the Finns Party.

“The representatives in question have damaged the party, and they’re no longer eligible to continue serving as party members,” he stated in a news conference on Friday.

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Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group, believes the ruling parties are eager to find an agreement on the reform of Finland’s alcohol laws.

The three ruling parliamentary groups will convene this week to seek an agreement on the bill to reform the alcohol legislation of Finland, according to the chairpersons of two of the three groups, Simon Elo (NA) and Antti Kaikkonen (Centre).

“I’m under the impression that the government groups are determined and willing to reach a settlement as soon as possible,” Elo tweeted on Friday.

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Sampo Terho, the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, pledged his allegiance to the government programme during the first question time session after his resignation from the Finns Party.

Sampo Terho, the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, faced a number of questions about the apparent turnabout in his position on the European Union on Thursday, as the Parliament convened for its first question time session following the split of the Finns Party.

Terho repeatedly expressed his willingness to hold a referendum to decide whether or not Finland should remain in the European Union while campaigning for the leadership of the Finns Party.

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Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group, was pictured at the Parliament on Thursday, 15 June, 2017.

Simon Elo, the chairperson of the New Alternative Parliamentary Group, has revealed that he and his fellow members of the newly-founded parliamentary group are also intent on establishing their own political party.

“I’ve received contacts from many ordinary members of the Finns Party, indicating that they’d be ready to join us if and when we establish our own party,” he said in the Parliament on Thursday.

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Jussi Halla-aho gave an acceptance speech after being elected as the chairperson of the Finns Party in Jyväskylä on 11 June, 2017.

Finland’s ruling three-party coalition is at risk of collapsing due to the changing of the guard at the Finns Party, a number of leading legislators warned on Saturday.

Jussi Halla-aho, who is known for his hard-line views and outspoken comments on immigration and multiculturalism, was elected as the chairperson of the populist party by an absolute majority in Jyväskylä on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was pictured arriving at the Parliament House on Wednesday, 31 May, 2017.

Sampo Terho (PS), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, has reiterated his willingness to organise a referendum to determine whether or not Finland should withdraw from the European Union.

Terho on Wednesday revealed that it is his personal objective to have a key role in a government that organises the referendum in Finland.

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European Commision member Michel Barnier speaks at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 3, 2017. The press conference was held following the Commission’s publication of official guidelines related to forthcoming Brexit negotiations with the UK.

The European Commission has published a set of official guidelines concerning forthcoming Brexit negotiations with the UK. Unanimously agreed upon by all 27 European Union countries other than the United Kingdom, the guidelines outline the EU’s intentions to protect the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK and the 1.2 million UK citizens living in the EU.

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Jussi Halla-aho, a Member of the European Parliament, and Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, drummed up support for their leadership bids in Tampere on 6 May, 2017.

Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament, says he is not interested in taking on a ministerial portfolio in the event that he is elected as the next chairperson of the Finns Party.

“If a clearly provocative character such as myself entered the government, it’d make it difficult for us to promote our own objectives in the government,” he explained in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

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