Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe

Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe

The Finnish elections on Sunday are unlikely to lead to a radical change in the country’s Eurozone policy – however, they will still have relevance for the rest of Europe. Mats Persson investigates.

Finland candidate’s unusual tactics to encourage people to vote

Athens has asked the IMF for a deferral of further loan repayments, according to media reports. IMF head Christine Lagarde rejected the request as “unsatisfactory” on Thursday, at the start of the spring meeting with the World Bank in Washington. If the debt conflict leads to a Grexit it will mean the end of the EU, some commentators warn. Others see a radical restructuring of the Eurozone as Europe’s last chance.

IMG_7731Yesterday evening I was browsing Twitter, and saw this tweet about serious allegations of election fraud by UKIP from Labour politician John Mann (Bassetlaw) retweeted into my timeline. Oh, I’ll retweet that I thought (I’m on John’s side here, not UKIP’s), but Twitter prevented it –

Spanish leftists join fight against ISIL

The Syria-is-Spain debate takes new turn as Spanish Marxists challenge Europe’s hands off Syria policy.
Greece in new credit rating downgrade

S&P downgrades Greece’s credit rating saying it expects its financial commitments will be “unsustainable”.

The European Commission threatened the Russian company Gazprom with a multi-billion euro fine on Wednesday. In ongoing anti-trust proceedings it has accused the gas giant of abusing its dominant market position regarding supplies to several EU member states. The EU will provoke further conflict with Russia, some commentators fear. For others, the defence of the common market warrants such disputes with foreign companies and governments.

The EU heads of state and government agreed on Thursday to triple the funds for search and rescue operations to nine million euros per month, and to crack down on human smugglers in the Mediterranean. The traffickers are in for hard times, some commentators note. But if refugees drown it’s not the fault of smugglers but of the EU’s isolationist policy, others argue.

Draghi

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was the target of an epic confetti-bomb during a press conference on Wednesday.

A news conference by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi in the bank’s headquarters was briefly interrupted April 15 when a young woman charged at Draghi calling for an “end to the ECB dictatorship”.

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