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German economic award for ex-President Ahtisaari

President Ahtisaari shared the award with Nobel laureate economist Professor Daniel Kahneman and Harvard academic Professor Nathan Eagle. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy conferred the award at a gala ceremony in Germany Sunday.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari received the prestigious 2012 Global Economy Prize from Germany’s Kiel Institute for the World Economy Sunday.

President Ahtisaari was one of three joint winners of the award, which was conferred for advancing creative international discussion on the economy.

Other recipients of the award were the American academics Daniel Kahneman and Nathan Eagle.

Ahtisaari and Kahneman are both Nobel laureates, while Eagle is Assistant Professor at Harvard University and the chief executive of the mobile research and marketing services company Jana.

The prize is awarded for active discourse on economic matters as well as for initiatives that meet globalisation challenges using labour, financing, and commodities markets.

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Academic: Disputed theory used in child custody cases violates child protection law

A university academic is taking child protection authorities to task for using the controversial concept of parental alienation to place children in care. Tampere University Social Work Lecturer Anna Metteri says that the theory requires officials to ignore children’s views in custody cases, because they are assumed to be manipulated by one parent. Metteri says that approach clashes with child welfare laws, which call on officials to listen to children. Yle News spoke with one mother affected by the conflict between an unproven theory and established legislation.

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