Yle news and other Finnish media reported today the police search of the home of Helsingin Sanomat’s journalist Laura Halminen. She is one of two of the paper’s journalists responsible for a report published last Saturday by Helsingin Sanomat about… Read More ›
NATO, European Defence and the presidential candidates: a lot of nonsense and ignorance
If you follow the Finnish Presidential election, you know the candidates: the current president, Sauli Niinistö, who is being backed by a voters’ association, the conservative National Coalition and the Christian League, and according to all be reelected, Pekka Haavisto… Read More ›
Finland did not support a UN resolution to outlaw nuclear weapons, but 123 countries did
The United Nations adopted a landmark resolution on 27 October to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts. At a meeting… Read More ›
Last news from NATO: a new US strategy, NATO exercises at the Russian border and a NATO member becoming Putin’s best friend
Some days after a governemental declaration indicating that “Finland is going to strengthten its relations with NATO“, it is interesting to follow what happens behind the scene. The US is secretly designing a new strategy aiming to take into account… Read More ›
Erkki Tuomioja: FIIA’s Russia Brief—a study, an investigation or an opinion?
The recent Russia report by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) has received both praise and critique. The institute has responded by claiming, among other things, that the people behind the criticism are trying to restrict the freedom of the report.
Finland, Trump, Putin and NATO
Some time ago, we said that we would come back to the question of NATO for Finland, as the government has accepted a closer relationship with NATO, with in particular a new observer status in closed meetings and a participation… Read More ›
Juha Sipilä: New Food For Thought Regarding Foreign Policy
A private opinion expressed recently by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on his blog. (Translated by Timo Willman) An evaluation compiled by four foreign and security policy experts regarding the effects of Finland’s possible joining of NATO was published today. The… Read More ›
Interview: Michael Moberg, the interesting Social Democrat candidate who wants Finland in NATO
Michael Moberg comes from the military, where he has served during 8 years as a naval officer, after also studying political science in Turku. He is also a family man, married with 3 children, and his family is the most… Read More ›
Ukraine: a long and strange night for Putin, Hollande, Merkel and Poroshenko, and finally an interesting agreement
The agreement in Minsk provides the basis for a ceasefire, and a step forward for humanitarian and political developments. It shows that Merkel and Hollande are able to lead a stronger Europe and work with Putin, which is an asset for Europe’s future.