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  1. August 27, 2014

    European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

    The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

  2. June 23, 2014

    If Finland is the best Europe can do we should be worried

    Either the World Economic Forum is wrong or Europe is in deep trouble. The latest competitiveness rankings from the Swiss...

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  1. Finland 2012

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  1. June 14, 2014

    Alexander Stubb to be Finland’s next prime minister

    LAHTI, Finland, June 14 – Finland’s EU minister Alexander Stubb, who wants to cut taxes and take his neutral country into...

  2. Brussels Blog

    May 22, 2014

    And the European Commission winner is...

    Juncker, left, with Schulz ahead of a debate in Hamburg, Germany earlier this week With voting now underway in Britain and...

  3. April 29, 2014

    Alex Stubb tipped as favourite to be next Finland PM

    Alex Stubb is favourite to become Finland’s next prime minister after the Nordic country’s charismatic EU and trade minister...

  4. April 6, 2014

    Jyrki Katainen to quit as Finland’s PM to seek EU role

    Jyrki Katainen is to resign as Finland’s prime minister in June as he becomes the latest Nordic leader to seek an...

  5. October 29, 2013

    Finns eye growing Russian presence with apprehension

    The Russian grip on Finland’s economy is slowly tightening. The latest purchase in the Nordic country came this week as...

  6. October 15, 2013

    Finland prime minister ready to support further eurozone bailouts

    A fervent defender of eurozone austerity even in the midst of its third recession since the start of the financial crisis,...

  7. September 25, 2013

    Nokia chairman asked Elop if he would give back €18.8m pay-off

    Nokia’s chairman asked Stephen Elop, the Finnish group’s former chief executive, if he would forgo part or all of his €18.8m...

  8. September 22, 2013

    Anger at Elop’s Nokia pay-off spreads

    Finland’s prime minister and finance minister joined in criticism of Stephen Elop’s proposed €18.8m pay-off from Nokia in a...

  9. Brussels Blog

    July 8, 2013

    EU ambassadors' club loses 3 senior members

    If there were an award for the most powerful group in Brussels that nobody outside the EU bubble has ever heard of, it would...

  10. June 5, 2013

    Pro-austerity Finland falls into triple-dip recession

    Finland, one of the eurozone’s most ardent defenders of austerity, has entered its third technical recession since the start...

  11. Brussels Blog

    March 14, 2013

    EU summit: Leaders meet amid austerity debate

    Here is our main news story on European leaders arrived in Brussels on Thursday for a summit where the intensifying...

  12. March 14, 2013

    EU leaders meet amid austerity debate

    European leaders arrived in Brussels on Thursday for a summit where the intensifying debate over the austerity-led response...

  13. Brussels Blog

    March 14, 2013

    EU summit: Cyprus seeking a 'fair' bailout deal

    Nicos Anastadiades, Cyprus' president, talks to reporters in Brussels ahead of the EU summit. One of the first leaders to...

  14. Brussels Blog

    March 14, 2013

    EU Summit: Katainen says no shortcut to growth

    Finland’s prime minister Jyrki Katainen is standing firm. As he arrived in Brussels on Thursday the 41-year-old centre-right...

  15. Brussels Blog

    January 25, 2013

    EU summit: Mali, EU budget in early 'draft guidelines'

    Van Rompuy discusses EU budget with Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen last week. Sometimes draft communiqués Herman Van...

  16. Brussels Blog

    January 16, 2013

    Katainen: "EU without Britain is fish without chips."

    Finland's Jyrki Katainen, right, with Cameron during a visit to Downing Street last year. In the run up to Friday’s big...

  17. December 13, 2012

    Berlusconi says Monti has strong EU backing

    Leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties, including some of the continent’s most powerful prime ministers, have urged Mario...

  18. November 9, 2012

    The Diary: Caroline Daniel

    Arriving in Helsinki airport, I feel an unusual calm. The airport’s website says it was designed for a “smooth travelling...

  19. October 29, 2012

    Pro-EU parties dominate Finland polls

    Finland’s three main political parties dominated voting in the municipal elections at the weekend, limiting the advance of...

  20. October 19, 2012

    Merkel stands tough on Spanish bank aid

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, has cast doubt on one of the main benefits of eurozone banking union just hours after...

  21. September 20, 2012

    Metso scraps €75m payout after pressure

    Metso, the Finnish manufacturing group, has bowed to intense pressure from politicians and workers and scrapped a €75m...

  22. Brussels Blog

    August 8, 2012

    Finland and Italy: Enemies, a love story?

    Monti, left, and Katainen at last week's meeting between the two prime ministers in Helsinki It is axiomatic that politics...

  23. August 1, 2012

    Italy moves to bridge Europe’s divide

    Mario Monti has taken a step towards bridging Europe’s north-south divide over how to support the eurozone’s weaker...

  24. July 17, 2012

    Finland PM welcomes terms of Spanish bailout

    Finland’s prime minister hailed a deal under which it will receive collateral in return for its support for the €100bn...

  25. July 12, 2012

    Finland still affecting eurozone stance on debt

    The surge in anti-European sentiment before the election in Finland last year may have quietened down, but promises to limit...

  26. June 11, 2012

    Investors and leaders differ over bailout

    European leaders were so chuffed with themselves over the €100bn rescue of Spain’s banks. Jyrki Katainen, Finnish prime...

  27. May 29, 2012

    Demographics: State tries to persuade people to spend longer at work

    Among Europe’s many challenges, one of the most significant in the long term is receiving very little attention: ageing...

  28. Money Supply

    January 23, 2012

    Finland fuels dispute over ECB seat

    And now Finland. Jyrki Katainen, the country’s prime minister, has joined calls for a northern European to be appointed to...

  29. December 14, 2011

    Populist parties gain from uncertainty

    Several of Europe’s fastest-growing populist parties are attempting to use the post-summit uncertainty to rally opposition...

  30. Brussels Blog

    December 14, 2011

    EU treaty problems? Cameron is not alone.

    Finland's Jyrki Katainen, France's Nicolas Sarkozy, Germany's Angela Merkel and EU Commission's José Manuel Barroso at last...

  31. October 6, 2011

    Barroso enters fray over bank support

    José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, will soon present his own plan for Europe-wide bank...

  32. Brussels Blog

    September 16, 2011

    Not yet finished with the Finnish

    Finland's finance minister Jutta Urpilainen, left, and prime minister Jyrki Katainen Senior European officials had hoped to...

  33. FT Alphaville

    September 5, 2011

    Finland seeks Greek collateral compromise

    Finland is endeavouring to find a compromise with Europe on its collateral demands amid International Monetary Fund...

  34. August 25, 2011

    Finance ministers move to save Greek bail-out

    Eurozone finance ministry officials will try to rescue their €109bn Greek bail-out deal by overhauling a controversial...

  35. Brussels Blog

    August 24, 2011

    [UPDATED] Will Finland sink the Greek bail-out?

    Finland's prime minister, Jyrki Katainen, arriving at last month's emergency eurozone summit. UPDATE: Thanks largely to...

  36. August 18, 2011

    Greek rescue package faces further hurdles

    Two of the eurozone’s key creditor countries said on Thursday that their backing for Greek bail-out loans may be contingent...

  37. Brussels Blog

    June 23, 2011

    EU summit: Socialists (fail to) meet

    The Socialist group were the first to gather in the traditional pre-summit party huddles, the real start of the festivities...

  38. June 20, 2011

    Finns to be ‘positive but tough’ on Greece

    Finland’s new government will take a “positive but tough” approach to negotiations over fresh financial aid for Greece,...

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