Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
European Union leaders are currently having major talks for a shared economic stimulus package to recoup the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the fourth day in a row. An agreement seems difficult to reach.
Interior ministers from several European countries, as well as the European Commission, met in Malta to discuss finding a deal to the distribution of the migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranean.
Finland takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency from Romania starting from July 1, and has adopted the motto "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future." Other topics such as Brexit, migration, human rights, among others, are on the agenda, as well.
The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has mirrored the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before European parliament elections.