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Defense Minister Haglund: Credible defense forces cannot be built alone

Carl Haglund.

At present, small states' defense budgets are ever increasing yet, despite this, stocks of military equipment are neither sufficient nor consist of what they should. The recent broadening of the NATO member state agreement and peacetime partnership arrangements with other nations is a clear example of the trend towards cooperation, according to Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund, and Finland shouldn't baulk at jumping on the international cooperation bandwagon.

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Final deadline looms for mega car showroom project

The ambitious car showroom project envisioned by a Finnish businessman faces its last major hurdle as the final deadline for paying for the proposed site approaches. City leaders in Hämeenlinna have given businessman Markku Ritaluoma until the end of Tuesday to pay the 8.4 million euros due for the purchase of the building site. Ritaluoma was relying on a windfall investment of 35 million euros from the widow of a former Zambian president to help bankroll the project.

Oikeuskansleri Jaakko Jonkka kuvattuna eduskunnan täysistunnossa 22. helmikuuta 2013 Helsingissä.

HS: Chancellor of Justice sees infertile grounds for legal challenge to Vapaavuori’s Rosatom dealings

The Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Lonkka told Helsingin Sanomat that he is not aware of legal grounds for claiming a conflict of interest overstep on the part of Minister of Economic Affairs, Jan Vapaavuori. The Greens raised questions after it emerged that Vapaavuori had signed off on a nuclear co-operation deal signed by Rosatom on behalf of the Russian government, as well as handling the permit process for the Fennovoima project.

Jutta Urpilainen.

Urpilainen on tax havens: Paatero should lead the fight against tax evasion

Former Minister for Finance Jutta Urpilainen wrote in her blog on Saturday that tax evasion on the part of multinational companies erodes the underpinnings of the welfare state. Urpilainen claims that Finland should serve as an international example and introduce a countrywide reporting model in state-owned companies. She said that in terms of taking a lead on the issue, the ball is now in the court of new Development Minister Sirpa Paatero.

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