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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.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 03:00:02 PM EST

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