After Sunday’s talks fail to reach a deal, the government’s budget negotiations are expected to enter a fifth day.
“It is a good thing to be at the negotiating table and to be able to tackle the issue together”, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said as he left the Estates Chamber on Sunday evening, writes the national daily Helsingin Sanomat.
According to HS, a major sticking point is the government’s budget for 2023. The Center Party calls for hundreds of millions of euros in budget cuts in the proposed financial framework, HS writes, putting the party in conflict with its left-wing partners of the coalition.
Proposals to reduce unemployment and phase out the use of peat for energy are other areas where parties are struggling to find common ground, the HS reports.
Ilta-Sanomat from Monday don’t mince words to cover up the unfolding crisis.
“The Center Party does not know what it wants to be”, think tank researcher Mikko Majander said the tabloid.
According to Majander, an identity crisis in the second largest ruling party is part of what lies behind the current stalemate.
“The Center doesn’t really know whether it is on the right or on the left. During the last government, the Center Party gave us the prime minister of a right-wing government. This resulted in a poor election result. “
Opposition pressure is one possible explanation for the party’s current position, the newspaper writes.
The Finnish party, which topped recent polls, has made inroads into rural Center Party strongholds, putting pressure on a party already reeling from multiple leadership changes in the space of just a few years, argues Ilta-Sanomat.
According to Helsingin Sanomat, the parliamentary group of the Center Party is due to meet on Monday to discuss a position.
“We will find a position together,” said party leader and Minister of Science and Culture Annika saarikko (Cen).
Government negotiations are expected to resume Monday at 12:30 p.m.
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Former CEO launched Finnair merger
The travel industry bearing the brunt of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the wonders of everyday professional life Kauppalehti if the change could come from the national airline Finnair.
Newspaper bases comments on reported attempts by former Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo to explore the possibility of merging the carrier with another European airline.
According to Kauppalehti, Vauramo has explored the possibility of partnering with Nordic competitor Scandinavian Airlines, as well as mergers with British Airways owner IAG and German airline Lufthansa.
Ultimately, security of supply concerns meant that any merger of the majority state-owned airline was on hold. In part, the move was supported by government confidence in the airline’s business model focused on Asia before the pandemic, writes Kauppalehti.
“The pressures of the pandemic would appear to accelerate the consolidation of the industry,” the newspaper writes. “However, that has to wait.”
As the pandemic reduced travel, many airlines in Europe received government guaranteed loans to survive. This means that mergers might not be considered.
“All of Finnair’s main merger partners have received state aid, one condition of which is that the European Commission obliges them to refrain from acquisitions and management bonuses for three years,” Kauppalehti explains.
Nokia fires deliberately started
Three fires in Nokia’s Pirkanmaa municipality over the weekend were said to have been deliberately started, Tampere-based Aamulehti reports.
A fire in a former nursery school in the Koskenmäki district of Nokia has required the extinction of ten firefighting units, the newspaper writes.
“We are talking about a massive fire. The fire was special in that it had ignited at least two or three points. The cause of the ignition is unknown, but it is strongly suspected that it was intentional,” said the firefighter. Jarkko Pietiläinen said Aamulehti.
Almost at the same time, local firefighters were also called in to a fire in two storage containers at a school in Harjuniitty.
Sunday night’s fires follow a third fire that broke out earlier in the day at a former factory site in Lintumientia, writes Aamulehti.