Thursday’s newspapers: courage and perseverance, forest fire warnings, banned from parliament

The cost of living in Finland will rise, and this Thursday Helsingin sanomat newspaper interviews the Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko (Cen) government’s difficult decisions in this exceptional situation.

The country’s consumer prices rose by seven per cent year-on-year in May as euro area peaked. "The coming months will be difficult, ”the minister acknowledged, but said current forecasts suggest that price increases should ease next year.

"The rise in prices has largely been caused by energy, and we must ensure that they do not continue for other reasons," Saarikko said and added that the sharp rise in prices requires "courage and perseverance" From those living in Finland for the rest of the year

The minister assured readers that the government is ready to support those in difficulty. Nevertheless, he urged wage earners to exercise restraint, as high wage demands in the fall could lead to further price rises and economic stagnation. “The biggest concern is that we will not lose our pay constraints and our competitiveness. The consequences can be long-lasting," Saarikko told the newspaper. “That’s why I’m now making an exceptionally strong demand for wage restraint."

Although Saarikko emphasized the pragmatism of cuts to increase purchasing power, not all experts agree with his assessment of their practicality in mitigating rising consumer prices.

Several economists, the Bank of Finland and officials from the Ministry of Finance have expressed concern that income tax cuts could lead to higher prices and damage the . Saarikko admitted that the views of the critics are valid.

“However, I am not one of those who can simply say what is unacceptable. I have no right to it, ”Saarikko pointed out. “As 26 other EU countries take care of their citizens and our citizens lose their purchasing power, [Finland’s]politicians have a duty to react. Economists can tell you about the disadvantages of each option, but it is my responsibility to choose one option."

Midsummer ban

Readers should check the forest fire warnings in their area before lighting a fire or campfire in honor of Midsummer, Evening News advises before this weekend’s holiday.

“The sizes are usually lit on the night between Friday and Saturday, but this time we have to come up with something else to do in southern Finland," Tuukka Keränensaid a at the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Keränen explained that the weather conditions of Midsummer are to blame for this year’s major forest fire warnings. “Forest fire warnings are common because the Midsummer forecast promises high temperatures and low rainfall,” Keränen said.

Forest fire warnings were issued on Thursday in Åland, Southwest Finland, , and .

The warnings will be extended on Friday slightly further north to , Päijät-Häme, , Ostrobothnia and parts of Lapland.

On Saturday, warnings will continue even further, and on Sunday, warnings will be issued almost nationwide.

Forbidden from Parliament?

TabloidIltalehti reports on an interview with the Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (Cen) possible consequences Jarno VähäkainuThe second vice-chairman of the Power for the People (VKK) published a picture of the Greens last week. . Vähäkainu shared a picture taken without the knowledge or permission of Suomela and shared it on social media.

In the picture, Suomela is sitting in a parliamentary café in a short dress. The matter was reported to Parliament before Suomela itself had even seen the phonto.

Vanhanen told IL that Parliament was investigating the matter on Tuesday morning. Vanhanen added that the possible consequences could be a ban on access to Parliament for Vähäkainu.

Such a ban would be a very rare but not entirely exceptional solution. According to Vanhanen, the threshold for it is high. “A total ban on access to the sanctuary of open democracy is not the simplest thing,” Vanhanen pointed out.

“The real question under consideration is whether a person can be deprived of the right to move around Parliament without an escort,” Vanhanen said.

Vanhanen explained that there are clear rules for photography or videotaping in Parliament. The café, which is not open to the public, also has its own rules. Taking panoramic photos before and after the plenary session is acceptable, but permission is otherwise required.

The rules have generally been followed, Vanhanen said, adding that even the media do not photograph in the café and MPs ask permission if they want to do so.

“The rules and guidelines have been clear for years,” Vanhanen said, adding that it is problematic if the same rules don’t apply to everyone.

Source: The Nordic Page

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