Category Archives: Finland

Oct 8 2015

Finnish competitiveness-raising policies and their discontents

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By Paul Jonker-Hoffren Although Finnish politics have been concerned about the country’s competitiveness for quite a while now, the public discussion reached a temporary climax with PM Juha Sipilä’s televised speech late September. In this widely discussed speech, he argues, … Continue reading

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Apr 22 2015

Euro-Scepticism Is Here to Stay: Finnish Election Results

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By Outi Keränen The result of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Finland reflects the continuing appeal of the Euro-Sceptic Finns Party, but also the more pronounced division of the country’s electorate into urban liberals and rural conservatives. The elections came at … Continue reading

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Sep 25 2014

Finland’s Economic Woes: Competitiveness through unemployment

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By Anders Ekholm Finland is slowly but steadily sinking into increased economic hardship. The lack of growth combined with increased unemployment is fought off by increased public spending and debt, with the implicit assumption that growth is just around the … Continue reading

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May 29 2014

Moderate Gains for Eurosceptics in Finland

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By Outi Keranen The Electoral Results In Finland the eurosceptic Finns Party (formerly known as True Finns) led by Timo Soini failed to repeat the landslide of the 2011 general elections despite polling 12.9 percent of the votes and increasing … Continue reading

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Oct 30 2013

Finnish and Dutch Government Budgets in the Eurocrisis: Between fanaticism and belief in fair play

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By Paul Jonker-Hoffren Autumn is a time for new plans to be made for the next year in national governments. Usually these new plans follow estimates by the national statistics office or the national central bank. This post compares the … Continue reading

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Oct 10 2013

Finnish debate on EMU: A discussion without reliable evidence

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By Maija Elonheimo If Finland wants to be internationally competitive, it will face either internal or an external devaluation of about 20 to 30 per cent.  If it chooses internal devaluation, it must cut pensions and salaries, and severely restructure … Continue reading

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Sep 3 2013

Nordic Euroscepticism – An Exception that Disproves the Rule?

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By Markus Ketola and Johan Nordensvärd Euroscepticism – the range of critical arguments and sentiments against the economic and political project of the European Union – is on the rise across the 27 member states. As next year’s European Parliament elections are nearing, there is … Continue reading

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Aug 19 2013

Finland Turns Humble as its Economic Outlook Worsens

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By Kristi Raik Over the past few years, when the EU (together with the IMF) has had to rescue several member states from economic collapse, Finland has boasted with self-confidence. No longer. Finns have come back from their lakeside summer … Continue reading

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Aug 15 2013

Professor Patomäki: ‘There are good reasons to expect that the neoliberal era is coming to an end’

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Continuing our interview series of public intellectuals across Europe on the causes and effects of the crisis, Euro Crisis in the Press talks to Heikki Patomäki, Professor of World Politics at University of Helsinki and author of a recent monograph … Continue reading

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Jun 22 2013

Finland: a tough Nordic accountant that is caught up by reality

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By Paul Jonker-Hoffrén Finland is a quite unlikely country to play a prominent role in policy-making around the Eurocrisis. It is, after all, a small country of just over 5 million inhabitants on the (geographical) fringe of the European union. … Continue reading

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