Morning headlines: Monday 2nd December 2019

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Prime Minister to continue in role as ‘Posti-gate’ rumbles on

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) is to continue in his role after late night talks among party leaders. It comes as four complaints were received by the Chancellor of Justice into Rinne’s handling of the recent industrial action by postal workers, which sparked sympathy strikes. One minister Sirpa Paatero already quit last Friday over her role in the collective bargaining dispute, and it’s thought that fault lines within the five-party government coalition are focused on how to deal with such disputes in future. Rinne has refused to give comments to the media since Sunday’s late night emergency talks where he managed to save his job. The government is almost six months into its planned four year term.

Ilta-Sanomat: Foreign Minister tried to pressure official over ‘Isis children’

Ilta-Sanomat newspaper reports that Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) tried to pressure an official at the Foreign Ministry to bring back Finnish children from the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria under consular conditions. According to the newspaper, the ministry had developed a plan called Operation Korpi to repatriate children in the camp to Finland without their mothers. Ilta-Sanomat writes that Haavisto reportedly tried to pressure the ministry’s consular chief Pasi Tuominen to take the decision in his own name. Tuominen apparently refused to carry out the order which he felt violated laws and international treaties.

Police arrest one after all night siege 

One person has been arrested after an all night siege in Järvenpää. East Uusimaa Police say they’ve got the person who was involved. It started around 23:00 on Sunday night at an apartment on Puistotie with an armed person holding officers at bay. Police say there was no danger to members of the public during the incident. This morning, technical investigations will continue at the home, and police expect to be able to give more information during Monday afternoon.

Helsinki-Espoo metro services increase operations

Länsimetro is currently testing a more frequent service at peak hours, with more metros going all the way to Matinkylä instead of terminating at Tapiola. In practice, the more frequent service interval – known as the 3-4 model – means that during the morning and afternoon rush hours, three of the four trains heaint to Espoo will continue to Matinkylä, and one turns around at Tapiola station. At present, every other Länsimetro train to Espoo turns around at Tapiola. With three out of four trains heading to Matinkylä, they could carry about 3600 more passengers per day than the current model. If there’s no problems during a December test phase, the more frequent service might be introduced in the coming years. 

European Space Week launches in Helsinki

European Space Week launches in Helsinki today. The event brings together business, policy makers, international experts and others working on space-related projects to the Finnish capital. Attendees will hear first-hand insights into the EU’s various space programmes like Copernicus and Galileo – as well as discussing how space solutions can contribute to a sustainable Europe.

Monday morning weather

It’s a chilly start to Monday morning with temperatures across the country ranging from -3°C in northern Lapland to -6°C in Central Finland and -2°C in the capital city region. There’s snow in the forecast for Lapland and into Central Finland as well, and cloud cover across the rest of the country. The best chance of sunshine on Monday morning will be in Lappeenranta and the south east.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Monday morning 2nd December 2019 / Credit: FMI