Government negotiations enter third – and final? – week

Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne has indicated that he would like to get the talks wrapped up by the end of this week.

Officials and politicians during 3rd week of government negotiations, 19th May 2019 / Credit: Lauri Heikkinen

Talks to form the next coalition government have entered the third week at the House of the Estates in Helsinki, but there already seem to be difficulties.

The negotiations are being lead by Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne and his counterparts from the Centre Party, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party; as well as officials, other politicians and policy experts grouped into 18 different subject areas.

Rinne has indicated that he hopes the talks will be completed by Friday, ahead of the European Parliament elections on Sunday.

However Helsingin Sanomat newspaper is reporting that Monday’s session has already been suspended for several house over a disagreement with the Left Alliance on selling state property.

The sale of state property has been seen by some politicians as a way to finance other infrastructure projects. The talks are just focusing on the principle of selling state property, not deciding what might actually be sold.

The talks are expected to resume.