Daly and Wallace, 6th anniversary of the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas by the neo-nazis of Golden Dawn, on 19th September 2019. Image CC

In H.G. Wells’s novel, "The Country of the Blind," a mountaineer named Nunez falls down a mountain in the Andes and finds himself in a hidden valley isolated from the rest of the world. This valley is inhabited by a community of people who are all blind. Nunez, confident in the saying "In the Country of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king," believes he will easily dominate and rule over the blind villagers. However, his attempts to assert his superiority and to make the villagers understand the concept of sight are met with confusion and disbelief. The villagers, stuck in their own ways of understanding the world, see Nunez's talk of sight as delusional.

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From left, Secretary-General of Parliament Antti Pelttari, Speaker of Parliament Jussi Halla-aho, Incumbent President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and President-elect Alexander Stubb attend Parliament's plenary session during the inauguration of the President of the Republic of Finland in Helsinki, Finland, on March 1, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

Finland is new to NATO’s nuclear alliance. With its legacy of neutrality and diplomacy, the new NATO member has the choice of whether to continue to explore avenues for diplomacy, or whether to turn up the reliance on nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Calling for these warheads to be based in Finland is provocative for threatening a form of nuclear proliferation under the benign term of “nuclear sharing.”

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In December, Reuters reports, India's "digital rupee" crossed the milestone of more than one million transactions per day. Meanwhile, in early January, the European Union's central bank published a rulebook for, and Spain's central bank selected "partners" in a pilot/test program for, their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). In the US, CBDCs remain at the debate stage.

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I was once the future – surviving in the backstreets of Saltaire, Bradford

Back in the 1990’s, my father after 30+ years working as a car mechanic in Bradford was given a gold watch and interviewed by the local newspaper and his photo shown being thanked by the Managing Director.

Fast forward to 2024 and I am entering my last year at the University of Helsinki after 30+ years of service. I got my little plastic medal, there was no celebration and that was it.

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Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (left) and Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo during a joint press conference of Finnish and Swedish prime, foreign and defence ministers in Helsinki, Finland, on November 27, 2023. The prime ministers' meeting with the foreign and defence ministers focused on the close cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the NATO membership process. LEHTIKUVA

Most observers, including journalists and politicians, seem to agree that Finland and Sweden are entering into a new phase in their bilateral relationship. Of course, the reason spells NATO. Two questions could be asked: Is a NATO membership really needed to improve or deepen an already close relationship? Second, Will NATO membership somehow change the nature of this bilateral relationship?

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Leaders at the G20 second session in New Delhi, India. Picture by Simon Walker

Today marks 365 days since India assumed the G20 Presidency. It is a moment to reflect, recommit, and rejuvenate the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future.’

As we undertook this responsibility last year, the global landscape grappled with multifaceted challenges: recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, looming climate threats, financial instability, and debt distress in developing nations, all amid declining multilateralism. In the midst of conflicts and competition, development cooperation suffered, impeding progress.

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Ambassador of Türkiye to Finland Ms. Deniz Cakar with President of Finland Mr. Sauli Niinistö

October 29, marks the centennial of the foundation of the latest Turkish state in history. The Republic of Türkiye was proclaimed under the visionary leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. A hundred years ago, on October 29, 1923, the birth of a modern, democratic, and secular nation was declared to the whole world. The journey of the Turkish Republic has been one of transformation, resilience, and progress. Over the past century, Türkiye has undergone comprehensive and far-reaching reforms in political, economic, and social spheres, emerging as a vibrant and dynamic nation that bridges the continents of Europe and Asia.

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SDP Member of Parliament Sanna Marin is seen checking her smartwatch during a plenary question time session in Helsinki on September 7, 2023. Marin announced today that she has been appointed as a strategic advisor to the Tony Blair Institute and, as a result, has requested to resign from her position as a Member of Parliament. SDP Member of Parliament Ilmari Nurminen is pictured alongside her. LEHTIKUVA

Despite being hailed as the world's youngest serving prime minister when she took office in 2019, Sanna Marin carries with her a notably thin résumé. Having risen quickly through the ranks of Finnish politics, she spent little time in each of her preceding roles, prompting critics to question the depth of her experience and her ability to govern. With the ink on her master’s degree still fresh, and a relatively short tenure in the Finnish parliament, concerns abounded regarding her competence in managing complex political landscapes, both domestically and internationally.

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Viewpoint by Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – these two words capture a deep philosophy. It means ‘the world is one family’. This is an all-embracing outlook that encourages us to progress as one universal family, transcending borders, languages, and ideologies. During India’s G20 Presidency, this has translated into a call for human-centric progress. As One Earth, we are coming together to nurture our planet. As One Family, we support each other in the pursuit of growth.

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Participants at the "We Won't Be Silent!" demonstration in Helsinki on 3rd of September. LEHTIKUVA

The government's statement against racism declared that the denial of the Holocaust would be criminalised in Finland's legislation. Prohibiting the public use of Nazi symbols is a contemporary concern, and celebrating the memory of Holocaust victims is undoubtedly a commendable idea. However, criminalising Holocaust denial presents a different kind of issue. It is not primarily a question of freedom of speech because this right is not absolute and cannot legitimise hate speech.

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On one sunny autumn afternoon in Finland, I felt the desire for a cup of coffee. Thus, during my short work break, I ventured out to a nearby cafe. The establishment was bustling with people, but I managed to place an order for coffee and a slice of cheesecake. The friendly barista directed me to wait at a nearby table. Before long, my coffee arrived, and as I sat there, I overheard a conversation at a neighbouring table. The discussion took place in English, making it easy for me to understand, since the speakers were seated close to me.

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