Alex Stubb’s EU decision day
Former Finnish Prime Minister is expected to announce a decision today to become a candidate for the EU’s top job. The National Coalition Party politician, who quit frontline politics after leading the party to a disasterous third place defeat in the 2015 general election, has been out of the limelight doing a high paid job at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. There’s been much speculation – fueled by Stubb and his supporters -that he now plans to challenge German Manfred Weber to be the European People’s Party’s candidate for European Commission President. Stubb will hold a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg at 17:00 Finland time today to announce his decision.
Researcher: Nordic Resistance Movement not yet dead
A researcher who specialises in tracking far right extremist groups says that banning the Nordic Resistance Movement will do little to stop the members continuing their activities. Last week, a court in Turku banned the organisation, and even if the Nordic Resistance Movement appeals that decision, they are still banned in the meantime. “As we’ve seen in other similar cases in Germany, old members could join other far right organisation or create a new one” says Tommi Kotonen from the University of Jyväskylä. The court’s decision might mean the Nordic Resistance Movement’s banners are no longer seen in public, but it doesn’t mean they’ve gone away Kotonen says.
Family of school death boy speaks out
The family of a boy who died during a fitness test at an Espoo school last month says they don’t want this to happen to anyone else. Speaking to Ilta Sanomat newspaper, family member said they were surprised a hear defect wasn’t detected earlier, even though the boy had been taken to hospital after a previous incident. The boy had a medical emergency at Tiistilä school during gym class where a ‘Move’ test was being carried out. Finland’s ‘Move‘ programme for schools was introduced several years ago as a way to promote more physical activity for pupils, while reducing periods of inactivity. The student became ill during the class and an ambulance was called. The boy later died in hospital. According to officials, the school had acted in accordance with guidelines about how to conduct the Move test. Waivers can be given if a student is ill or has a pre-existing medical condition.
Prime Minister heads to Spain and Portugal
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is visiting Spain and Portugal today, as part of a two-day visit to promote Finnish business. He will also hold talks with his counterparts in Lisbon and Madrid, to discuss EU affairs, international issues, bioeconomy and forestry. Sipilä will also attend the opening of a new Nokia head office in Portugal, according to a press release.
Tuesday morning weather
It’s a slightly more mild start to Tuesday morning than it was yesterday. There’s still a lot of cloud cover with the best of the sunshine in the south west and capital city region. Temperatures dip just to freezing point in parts of Lapland and near Oulu, but will reach up to +8°C in the eastern border and Hanko first thing this morning.