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Tuesday's papers: Nuclear power, summer weather and Finland's rocky road to Nato

European countries should not worry about Vladimir Putin "saving face", IS writes.

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Summer temperatures are expected to be approximately 0-1°C warmer than average in northern and central Europe. Image: Mårten Lampén / Yle
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A fresh survey has found that the majority of people in Finland support the building of a new nuclear power plant, Taloussanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) reports.

The results come from a recent poll commissioned by the newspaper Uutissuomalainen, TS writes, showing 55 percent of respondents in favour of construction, with 19 percent against. A further 26 percent said they were unsure of their position.

Men and older age groups were more likely to be in favour of construction than women and younger age groups, the results showed. Finns Party and National Coalition Party voters were more likely to support increasing Finland's nuclear power capacity, while those voting for the Green Party or the Left Alliance were the least likely to support such a move.

One thousand people participated in the online survey in May.

Finnish firm Fennovoima terminated its agreement with Russian supplier Rosatom at the beginning of May, halting the construction of Finland's sixth nuclear power plant.

Summer weather

Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) looks at the weather we can expect for the upcoming summer months, writing that seasonal temperatures are likely to be higher than usual in Finland.

According to Foreca, the summer months in Finland and nearly all of Europe will be warmer than average.

Foreca based its analysis on a weather forecast for the July-September period recently published by The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), IL writes.

Foreca meteorologists say warm rains will be concentrated in Finland in August and September, with the weather likely more rainy than dry, so there is no need to worry about dry heat waves.

Summer temperatures are expected to be approximately 0-1°C warmer than average in northern and central Europe.

Temperatures in Finland in June, however, will remain close to average.

Is Finland being tested?

Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) looks at Finland's and Sweden's pending Nato applications, and how Finland is being "tested" since Turkey blocked the countries' accession talks.

Was Finland too naive in expecting its path to Nato to be easier, IS asks, back in May when it submitted its application to join?

As a result of the public support from Nato's member countries, as well as Nato itself, Finland may have been expecting a speedier accession into the military alliance.

However, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's opposition to Finland and Sweden’s Nato membership came as a surprise.

IS characterizes Erdoğan recently demanding the firing (siirryt toiseen palveluun) of Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist as "deranged" and indicative of how the Turkish president conducts himself politically.

With the war in Ukraine showing no signs of ending, Finland and Sweden may become "pawns in games" they cannot themselves affect much.

This is the worst possible scenario, IS writes, expressing concern that big EU countries like France are showing signs of worrying too much about Russian president Vladimir Putin "saving face", with French president Emmanuel Macron expressing such a sentiment on Saturday. There is a worry that countries in Europe are becoming "too understanding" of Putin and his concerns, IS notes.

The tabloid adds that existing defence guarantees with Britain and the USA, as well as the ongoing international Baltops 2022 -military exercise currently taking place in the Baltic Sea region, should remind us that Finland is not alone during this accession period while waiting for its pending Nato application to be resolved.

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