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Sunday, 14 April
YLE is funded in part or in whole by Finland government.

Finns Party sprints to second place, SDP hangs on in first, 11 April

Scuffles, suspected assault at Helsinki election event

Police said there had been unruly behaviour on Friday around the populist Finnish Nation First party's booth.
Aggression on campaign trail

Earlier in the week, police said they were looking into whether the party's anti-immigrant and anti-gay posters constitute criminal incitement.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 12:51:30 AM EST
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YLE is funded in part or in whole by Finland government.

SDP takes top spot, populists rally, heavy losses for PM's Centre in Finnish election

An upstart in the race according to media polls, the Finns Party made good on pre-election polling and staged a strong finish with 17.5 percent of the vote. Immigration hardliner and party chair Jussi Halla-aho had previously had said he wanted to take the party into the next government.
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The centre-left Social Democratic Party managed a razor thin lead over its rivals, snapping up 17.7 percent of ballots cast, one of its poorest election outcomes ever. But that was enough for the Social Democrats to increase their parliamentary presence by six seats to 40, likely giving the party the mandate to initiate government formation talks.
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The NCP [National Coalition Party] ended the evening with 17 percent voter support, just trailing the populist Finns Party. The SDP and the NCP have not always seen eye-to-eye, but party chair Petteri Orpo did not rule out both parties cooperating in government.
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The overall voter turnout was 72 percent, up from 70 percent in the last general election in 2015. Korpinen told Yle that the outcome reflects the highly polarised nature of the election. "It's going to be very hard to negotiate a government, maybe the hardest ever. Anything can happen."

The election has seated a record number of female MPs in the Finnish parliament. This year women will take up 92 positions as lawmakers, up from the previous record of 85 in 2011. In addition, this year saw more women than ever among the top vote-getters.

a festival of government

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 10:21:17 PM EST
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YLE is funded in part or in whole by Finland government.

Finnish parties unveil EU election candidates, Soini quits politics

The number of so-called 'double candidates' indicates that the parties have had difficulties attracting enough candidates for the back-to-back elections, says University of Helsinki political science researcher Antti Ronkainen.
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[utgoing foreign minister Timo] Soini co-founded the nationalist Finns Party, the second largest bloc in the new Finnish Parliament, but left the party two years to join the breakaway Blue Reform party - which did not win a single seat in last weekend's election. The party has vowed to press ahead anyway, but suffered a blow as Soini announced in a Thursday blog post that he is leaving politics.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 18th, 2019 at 07:29:21 PM EST
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A minor point about YLE funding: If by government you mean parliament, you're absolutely correct. If you mean government can control YLE by controlling it's funding, that's not correct.

The rumor has been for a long time that ever since Mr. Soini became foreign minister, he gave up his party ambitions. As a populist that was the zenith of his career. Even more so now that his party was taken away from him.

Of course the Blue Future was hoping to get him on the list, since in our system being elected to EU parliament doen't mean you have to take the position. This is why many well recognized members of Finnish parliament are also running for EU parliament -- they are running only to get votes for the party and make sure the "real candidate" gets the seat. Even if it means refusing a seat.

Now it's even more complicated, because the big names in many parties are hoping for ministerial positions in Finland and won't commit to EU. On the other hand, the parties are afraid people are not interested in voting again so soon, so they need the big names in campaign.

by pelgus on Fri Apr 19th, 2019 at 12:39:16 PM EST
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Fair enough!

I apply GOOG/YouTube formula that identifies suspect publishers of "misinformation" or "fake news" or "propaganda" in receipt of any amount of funding from public offices for their operations.

Because ahh applied research amuses me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 19th, 2019 at 12:58:18 PM EST
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