Archive for the ‘EU and the Internet’ Category

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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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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Most of the Finns want to stay with euro ­– but what would happen if we didn’t?

May 22, 2013

Group 1: Anni Emilia Alentola & Joonas Heinonen

Majority of the both, Finnish economic experts and the citizens, does not consider giving up euro as a good idea.

Last July the leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat asked from 23 Finnish economic experts should Finland abandon euro and go back to our own currency. 18 out of 23 answered no, three answered yes and two answered cannot tell.

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EU starts taking citizen law initiatives in at the 1st of April

March 23, 2012

by Aleksi Vihunen & Ville Matilainen (group 3)

Waited since the Lisboan treaty ratified in 2009, the European Union takes one step closer to the model of straight democracy announcing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) active at the April Fool’s Day. The ECI allows the citizens of European Unions have an effect on legislative proposals formerly made strictly by the European Commission. 

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It is not only a generation gap, but a gap in the Internet use

May 26, 2009

The Europeans are fond of the Internet. One study showed that the most active Internet users were about 30-year-old women and men who come “outside middle class income”. What can the last characteristics mean? Maybe they are rich or poor, but they surely hang on the net constantly. That is not anymore a generation gap but a different life-style. Microsoft (who else) predicts that the use of the Internet is overthrowing tv watching in Europe in the coming year. (more…)