Justice Ministers discuss EU rule of law at Helsinki meeting
Anna-Maja Henriksson (SFP) is chairing a meeting of fellow EU Justice Ministers in Helsinki today. On the agenda are issues around strengthening the rule of law, cooperation in criminal matters and EU civil justice. “I think it’s important that we discuss the common European values and I also think that the Justice Ministers can do a lot to support the rule of law” Henriksson told reporters as she arrived at Finlandia Hall. Rule of law issues have become controversial in some former Eastern Block countries, with Poland in particular being criticised for political interference in the judicial system threatening the independence of courts.
Poll: Only a quarter of Finns support NATO membership
A new poll out on Friday shows just 26% of Finns are in favour of joining NATO while half want closer European Union defence cooperation. The survey was carried out jointly for Rural Future magazine, Verkkouutiset online news, and the Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet. Only 1-in-3 people would support joining NATO even if Finland’s leaders, like President Sauli Niinistö, gave their endorsement to it. The most positive people in favour of more EU defence cooperation were from the Swedish People’s Party and the National Coalition Party with about two thirds supporting it. The Finns Party supporters were the least enthusiastic with only about 36% in favour. More than a thousand people aged 15-74 were questioned for the survey.
Helsinki Fashion Week begins
Helsinki Fasion Week begins today, and the annual showcase of fashion and design talent brings top designers to the capital. This year the event has a stronger-than-ever focus on sustainability, responsible fashion and the circular economy, and has decided not to include any leather products on the catwalks due to issues about supply chain traceability and other concerns around the production of leather. “Fashion has inspired us to solve global scale challenges. We are questioning everything, prioritising our individual well-being, starting from our inner conflicts to solve the collective challenges surrounding social sustainability” says Evelyn Mora, founder of Helsinki Fashion Week.
Podkäst Episode #3
Did you listen to our new Podkäst yet? This week in the studio Markku Uhari from Lännen Media and Milo Toivonen from Helsinki Vihreät are discussing the issues around Finland’s ISIS brides; sustainable fashion and ethical clothing choices at Helsinki Fashion Week; reaction to James Bond casting announcement and reporting on good news stories. Then insect chef Topi Kairenius joins us to explain all about Finland’s insect economy as our guests taste-test some Kotka crickets and locally-foraged ants. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher – or follow our website and social media channels for new episodes of Podkäst every Thursday.
Friday morning weather
There’s warm weather for most parts of the country on Friday morning with bright sunshine and temperatures already +18C in the south coast and across Uusimaa. The sunshine continues in Turku and Åland in the south west, up the west coast to Oulu, and inland to Tampere and Central Finland as well although the temperatures are a few degrees cooler around +15C this morning. There’s cloud cover down the eastern border and into Lapland with the chance of showers in a few places.