Archive for May, 2013

People losing faith in the European Union

May 24, 2013

By group 3: Maria Averina, O-P Asikainen

According to the survey by the Pew Research Center, with the participation of eight European countries, such as: Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Europe’s debt crisis has shaken the confidence of its citizens in the European Union, and in addition increased the distrust between key countries. The project involved 7,646 people in Europe, the survey was conducted from March 2 to March 27, 2013.

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Analysts pointed out that the European project now has the dubious reputation throughout Europe. (more…)

European Union divides opinions but on common currency we agree

May 24, 2013

Hanna Autio, Tomi Vainikka

The attitudes towards the European Union are not very positive at the moment. The prolonged economic crisis has weakened the belief in the survival of the Eurozone. The culmination of the crisis is seen in the study of Pew Global as worrying numbers.   (more…)

The Finns fear the future of the EU ­– but do not want to leave

May 24, 2013

Group 1: Anni Emilia Alentola & Joonas Heinonen

The average attitude among the largest EU states towards the Union has turned more negative rapidly. In Finland majority of citizens are still relying on the Union. But there are dark clouds on the horizon.

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Dissatisfaction grows – to be in the EU, or not to be?

May 24, 2013

Germans are still one of the most EU-content nations in the union, while on the other side of the Rhine the French are getting more and more dissatisfied, shows a recent survey. In Finland the majority find the EU alright, but how do the anti-EU Finns reason their opinion and desire to part from the union?

Group 5, Sonja Fogelholm and Ida Kukkapuro

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The struggle of Romanian immigrants

May 23, 2013

By group 3: Maria Averina, O-P Asikainen

Romanian beggars have become a familiar sight on the street corners of   Helsinki every spring and summer. As soon the weather gets warm enough to sit   all day outside on the streets, they start to arrive in large numbers.

 

 

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Due to the Schengen agreement opening up the borders between its   member countries and guaranteeing free movement of people, travelers from the   poorer areas can head unopposed to other countries in search of work or money.   The attitudes of many locals towards these newcomers in their destination   countries are often negative.

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Hurting yourself won’t help in getting an asylum

May 23, 2013

Group 5: Sonja Fogelholm, Ida Kukkapuro

For Afghans Finnish residence permit is not easy to get. Among the desperate destinies there are also happy stories.


Last year one third of the Afghan asylum seekers were declined in Finland. Altogether 115 were told to return back to their home country. In September three of them made a complaint to the administrative court about their decision and started a hunger strike in front of the Finnish Parliament.

by Balazs Gardi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

by Balazs Gardi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Immigration might be an answer to the looming dependency ratio problem

May 23, 2013

By Hanna Autio and Tomi Vainikka

Europe is facing a problem: the amount of people retiring is growing fast while there are less and less people supporting them, as the fertility rates are dropping. This will affect the dependency ratio which is soaring especially in Finland. Immigration could be one of the solutions to the problem, but it’s not made easy.

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This is the EU superstate

May 23, 2013

Group 1: Anni Emilia Alentola and Joonas Heinonen

It is so easy to travel and move from one European Union state to another this day. But what would the ultimate super country be like if all the successful people of the EU moved to one area and all the best parts of different EU countries were put together? We found it out by choosing international indicators most significant and reliable for comparing achievements of society.

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Leaving the Euro will be expensive to taxpayers

May 22, 2013

Group 2: Hanna Autio, Tomi Vainikka

There has been a lot of speculation of the collapse of the Eurozone. Certain nationalistic movements in Finland have demanded the government to part from the Euro. Even the Ministry of Finance has calculated the possible costs of leaving the European currency.

But is the price of supporting the Euro really higher than the expenses of leaving it?

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Spanish students feel the pinch of the EU crisis

May 22, 2013

Group 5 Ida Kukkapuro and Sonja Fogelholm

Students in Spain are struggling as the economic crisis has made the government to rise the tuitions and cut the student benefits. Many graduate without any prospects of a job and are therefore forced to move back to their madre y padre – or abroad.

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By Francisco Osorio (CC-BY)

‘The situation is nuts right now. There is no way for young or old people, to get a decently paid job as a journalist,’ Spanish journalism student Nerea Egia Cotera describes the situation.
Half of the young people are unemployed. The rate is the second highest in the Europe, right after Greece. With no hope of a career in Spain, young people are searching for a future abroad.
According to the National Statistics Institute last year 770 under 30-year-old left the country every day.

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