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Thursday's papers: Soini in the soup, media star's misdeeds and lower wages for migrants?

Timo Soini perussuomalaisten tiedotustilaisuudessa.

Dailies are agog with anticipation over the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but find time to cover other developments, including Timo Soini's efforts to juggle the dual role of Finns Party chair and Foreign Minister during a post-Brexit visit to the UK. Papers also ponder whether migrants and other hard-to-employ groups should settle for lower wages to find a foothold in the labour market, and the latest in the investigation into secret filming allegations against once-popular media personality Axl Smith.

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Thursday's papers: Health and social care milestone, hot topics for Putin's visit and Turku tries to clean up its act

The complex, slow moving reforms to health and social care reached a landmark moment yesterday, as the government published the first draft of the law which will overhaul the current system. The coalition was full of praise, while the opposition warned against rising costs for patients. Elsewhere, there's analysis of President Putin's visit to Finland tomorrow, and Turku's local authorities try to smarten the place up a bit.

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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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