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Tuesday's papers: Coalition parties patching up, Haavisto presidential favourite, Rammstein allegations

The four parties in talks to form Finland's next government may have weathered the climate and immigration policy storm, but a challenging road still lies ahead.

Rammstein är ute på Europaturné.
German metal band Rammstein has become embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal during their 2023 Europe Stadium Tour. Image: imago images / Christian Thiel/ All Over Press
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It had appeared at one point that the contentious topics of immigration and climate change would see government formation efforts fall apart, but the negotiations appear to be back on track, especially regarding the Finns Party's plans to tighten immigration rules.

Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat writes on Tuesday morning that while the potential coalition partners seem to have patched things up for now, there is still some way to go before Finland's new coalition partners are in full agreement on the next government programme.

"The conservative government is now one step closer to agreement on the difficult issues. Challenges remain, as some major and difficult issues are still waiting to be resolved," Turun Sanomat wrote about the current phase of coalition talks.

One of these challenges will certainly be Finland's social and healthcare system, or the so-called 'Sote,' according to paper Ilta-Sanomat.

"While immigration concerns tens of millions of euros, the numbers are in the billions for the economy and social welfare. The task is huge," IL writes, adding that extra focus will be placed on how the next government handles healthcare staff shortages, income-related unemployment benefits and taxation.

Haavisto retains top spot in presidential race

Yet another poll shows that Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) stands a very strong chance of becoming Finland's next president, this time according to newsgroup Uutissuomalainen's USU survey.

Newspaper Ilkka-Pohjalainen writes that the poll showed that up to 35 percent of respondents support Haavisto as Sauli Niinistö's successor.

Coming in joint second are Director of the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs Mika Aaltola and Governor of the Bank of Finland Olli Rehn (Centre). Both were backed by 22 percent of the roughly 1,000 respondents.

Other names that made it to the top six of the survey were outgoing Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP), former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (NCP) and Left Alliance leader Li Andersson, IP reports.

Rammstein scandal

The afterparty habits of the German band Rammstein have featured in numerous Finnish newspaper articles and social media posts, since the group's concert in Helsinki last weekend, Helsingin Sanomat reports.

Allegations in social media claim that the band systematically selects young women to provide with front-of-the-stage tickets, followed by invitations to their private parties.

The women are allegedly picked by a 'casting director,' according to HS interviewee Katja, who told the paper that it is a rather "suspicious and tedious" system.

The discourse surrounding the band's afterparties also includes some more serious allegations, including drugging of the women. A woman who attended the band's show in Vilnius, said she believed she was drugged while partying with the band, the paper writes.

Rammstein itself took to Twitter to deny the allegations:

Interviewee and Rammstein fan Katja told HS that while in her experience the afterparties are of a rowdy and booze-infused nature, she does not believe they involve drugging or other abuses.

"I've seen it happen. The men in the band enjoy having the young girls around, their attention and their company," she said, adding that "I am absolutely sure that there is sex, but I am also sure that it is completely voluntary."

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