The Left Alliance party leader and election candidate Li Andersson and election candidate Jussi Saramo celebrate party's good result at the Left Alliance's European parliament election reception in Helsinki, Finland, on June 9, 2024. Andersson and Saramo will be new members of the European Parliament. LEHTIKUVA

Here is a selection of what the international press has published about Finland in the last week:

Leftwing Nordic nations provide ‘ray of hope’ in Europe

The recent European parliamentary elections were covered in an article by The Guardian on June 11.

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Football mania in Hamburg: the harbour once again serves as the backdrop for a stunning container installation to mark the first match day of UEFA EURO 2024.

As the excitement for UEFA EURO 2024 builds, Hamburg is set to dazzle both locals and visitors with a stunning container installation at the iconic harbour, marking the start of the tournament's group stage. From now until June 18, the vibrant display at O’Swaldkai will feature prominently, visible from key vantage points like the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Plaza, HafenCity Hamburg, and various harbour tours.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) prior to a welcoming ceremony in Buda Castle of Budapest, Hungary on May 9, 2024. The Chinese President pays a three day official visit to Budapest from the evening of May 8, 2024. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

On May 9, 2024, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hungary, marking the final leg of his European tour and emphasising Beijing's strengthening ties with one of its closest allies within the European Union. Amidst ongoing global trade disputes and the divisive situation in Ukraine, Xi's visit to Hungary symbolises a significant effort by China to bolster its relationship with Europe through one of its most cooperative EU member states.

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China's President Xi Jinping (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2024. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to France, Serbia and Hungary from May 5 to 10, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Monday. Xi Jinping's upcoming European tour in early May comes after high-level visits by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

The visit signals a crucial diplomatic endeavour amid escalating tensions between China and the United States and the European Union.

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An Israeli military armoured vehicle rolls in an area bordering the Gaza Strip on June 9, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The year 2023 marked a significant increase in global violence, with a record number of 59 state-based conflicts, the highest since 1946. This alarming trend was highlighted in the latest conflict trend analysis report by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

While the number of conflicts surged, the number of countries experiencing these conflicts dropped from 39 to 34, indicating a concentration of violence in fewer nations.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver a joint statement at the Elysee Palace, as part of the Chinese president's two-day state visit in France, in Paris on May 6, 2024. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping, on a state visit to France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, expressed his hope for China and France to illuminate a brighter future together, marking a significant moment in diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

Xi’s agenda for the visit includes discussions on enhancing China-France and China-Europe relations in light of new global circumstances. He plans to engage in talks covering major international and regional issues, aiming to align strategies and further diplomatic and economic cooperation.

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Conductor Sakari Oramo & Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra Photo: Minna Hatinen

The Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra has been selected to perform at the prestigious BBC Proms in London, making them the fourth Finnish orchestra to participate in the world's largest classical music festival. This historic performance is scheduled for August 25, 2024, at the Royal Albert Hall.

In a unique collaboration, students from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki will join forces with their peers from the Royal College of Music, which is recognized as the global leader in music and performing arts education.

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MERA25 candidates in Athens.

As the European Elections approach on June 9, notable public figures Naomi Klein, Norman Finkelstein, and Roger Waters are urging voters in Germany, Greece, and Italy to support MERA25. They emphasize that the party stands as a crucial alternative to both far-right and establishment parties, offering a pathway to peace, freedom, and dignity for Europeans.

Naomi Klein highlights the failures of establishment parties, stating, “These elections are so critical because the far right is not the only problem.

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Prime Minister Petteri Orpo and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Lappeenranta and Imatra border crossing 19. April 2024. Photo: Valtioneuvoston kanslia

Here is a selection of what the international press has published about Finland in the last week:

Russia ‘moves nuclear missile launchers to Finland border’

Russia deploying nuclear-capable missile systems to the Finnish border was covered in an article by inews.co.uk on April 24.

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As inflation in the Eurozone decelerates to a more manageable rate of 2.4% in March 2023, the European Central Bank (ECB) considers easing its stringent monetary policies, introduced to combat the peak levels seen at the end of 2022. This shift arrives amidst a declining trend in energy prices and the effective tightening of monetary policy.

Olli Rehn, Governor of the Bank of Finland, hinted at a potential easing of monetary restrictions by mid-2024, contingent on the continued deceleration of inflation rates.

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Empty hallway of the new Kannelmäki healthcare centre in Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA

As Europe faces a critical healthcare workforce shortage, geopolitical tensions, and rising health threats, the Finnish Medical Association (Lääkäriliitto) and the Finnish Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Tehy) are sounding the alarm. With European Parliament elections on the horizon, these organizations emphasize that a functional healthcare system is essential for a secure society.

The associations urge the European Union to take decisive action to address the healthcare crisis, focusing on areas within its jurisdiction such as digitalization, workforce mobility, occupational safety, and regulation of cross-border health threats.

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Maker Faire Rome, the celebrated festival of innovation, has officially opened its calls for participants for the 2024 edition, scheduled to take place from October 25th to 27th at the Gazometro Ostiense. Organized by the Rome Chamber of Commerce, this event stands as a dynamic showcase connecting innovators from various sectors such as digital manufacturing, robotics, AI, agritech, and more.

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Candles outside the Jokiranta teaching unit of Viertola School in Vantaa on April 8, 2024. Both 12-year-old girls injured in the Vantaa school shooting are still hospitalized, and one of them is still in critical condition, according to the police. LEHTIKUVA

Here is a selection of what the international press has published about Finland in the last week:

School shooting brings up tough questions for Finland

The tragic school shooting in Vantaa was covered in an article by BBC on April 4.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) arrives for a party meeting at the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in Jerusalem on May 20, 2024. Israel on May 20 slammed as a "historical disgrace" an application by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for an arrest warrant for Netanyahu. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The chief prosecutor of the world’s top war crimes court sought arrest warrants Monday for leaders of Israel and Hamas, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, over actions taken during their seven-month war.

While Netanyahu and his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, do not face imminent arrest, the announcement by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor was a symbolic blow that deepened Israel’s isolation over the war in Gaza.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is reportedly on the brink of issuing arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for alleged war crimes committed during conflicts with Palestinian militants. This action by the Hague-based court has sparked fierce reactions, especially from U.S. lawmakers who have supported Israel unconditionally.

The ICC's probe, initiated in 2021, delves into activities dating back to the 2014 Gaza War, examining actions by both Israeli military and Palestinian groups.

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A giant poster announcing the upcoming European elections, stucks on the facade of the European Parliament building, in Strasbourg, eastern France. The European Parliament elections are planned to be held from June 6 to 9, 2024. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A report released by leading economists from France, Germany, and Italy has launched a critical analysis of the European Union's current approach to research and development, suggesting that the EU is significantly trailing in the global innovation race. According to the study, the lack of presence among the world's top tech companies and startups signifies a dire need for a strategic pivot towards more cutting-edge and disruptive innovation projects.

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