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Yle: Pekkarinen Calls for Extensive Cooperation to Fix Economy

Instead of cuts in the most important social benefits, Pekkarinen calls for credible and long-term economic prospects. He sees the radical and rapid reduction of unemployment to be the most necessary structural change in the long term.

Pekkarinen also sees a need for acute targeted action in the small and medium-sized business sector. These would include tax breaks for research and development, as well as the provisional reduction of indirect labour costs. In the longer term Pekkarinen says that he would also be ready to alter the taxation of labour to favour those with lower incomes.

According to Pekkarinen's vision, Finland can be raised from the current recession only through a credible vision of what Finland's new road to success would be - that is, how Finland will do in 2020.

He also sees good suggestions from both the unions and the employers' federations that should be taken into consideration.

My guess is that Mauri will get some cross-party support for his statements, and perhaps even majority voter support. It depends how the media cover it, though I think Helsingin Sanomat will go for it. The non-Sanoma business/economy papers less so.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:00:02 PM EST
Think it will really happen or is it a fig leave for business as usual?

In the US it would definitely be the latter.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:04:06 PM EST
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Everything in Pekkarinen's statement is consistent with his previous statements (at least over the last 3 years). The only thing new to me was his slightly hedged willingness to listen to both unions and employers. He IS a noted negotiator, so he's not setting up a problem for himself yet.

If he became party chairman and thus potentially PM, I am sure he would pursue what he promises. But although party chairmanship, for him, is a definite possibility, there's a rocky road ahead to becoming PM because the coalition partners maybe object to an unelected PM (Gordon Brown-style). If Vanhanen had a e.g. genuine medical reason for resigning, the coalition partners may not want to rock the boat. But Vanhanen is resigning (it is guessed) because some nasty legal sheenanigans are soon to be revealed.

However I think Pekkarinen may have the support of a lot of Finns for his new statement. He is, in any case, a centrist. Any coalition objections to his becoming PM would have to dissect and dismiss his proposals. That might be tricky.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:32:40 PM EST
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