Finland's PM resigns

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen will step down in June after three years in the job, saying he's interested in an international position such as on the European Commission.

Katainen leaves amid a stagnant economy and after the government agreed to €6.6B of measures to slash the deficit.

His center-right National Coalition party will choose a new leader at its congress in June. Possible contenders include Economy Minister Jan Vapaavuori.


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  • june1234
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    Thats good to know. You can always get a job at the EU commission if your own country doesn't want you anymore
    6 Apr 2014, 07:03 AM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    you've read that wrong. you're going to have to demonstrate your willingness to enforce tightening on your own country for the good of the club to qualify for such positions.


    those against it tend to be falsely charged with rape by coruscating us attorneys during visits to new York.


    southern Europe (everything is south for this country) has summer. I'm sure the premier is looking forward to experiencing it.
    6 Apr 2014, 07:13 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Sounds like he was doing what the club wanted. He'll be enjoying nice weather and a high paying position with the club soon enough,not the first
    6 Apr 2014, 07:28 AM Reply Like
  • freearvi
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    Top EU jobs are politicians' safe havens, staying in the game, giving up burden of responsibility for a breather in the eyes of voters at home.


    The guy is not yet unpopular at all, he just knows that after the cuts announced it is the perfect time to stand in the sidelines for a few years and make a comeback when he seems welcome again. This is what the current president did, and Mr. Katainen will follow the pattern.
    7 Apr 2014, 03:17 AM Reply Like
  • minecanary
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    Is that pronounced Jerki? Nice when you can announce your desire to get a
    leadership position for life - and you've screwed enough common folk where it
    may come true. Maybe it's just appropriate in the circle jerk that is Europe. Maybe
    his middle name is reach-around.
    6 Apr 2014, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    So in Finland it's the centre-right politician who leaves after 3 years for something more prestigious. In the US it's the center-left politician who leaves after 4 years for something more prestigious.


    Around the world politicians use voters as spring boards to luxury and riches. It doesn't matter what message they use to pander to voters, the voters buy it up every single time. The days of monarchy are downright nostalgic.
    6 Apr 2014, 05:52 PM Reply Like
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