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Members of the MPK, the National Defence Training Association of Finland, attend training at the Santahamina military base near Helsinki on May 14, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo
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Rattled by Russia, Finns flock to military training

On a windy island off Helsinki, people from all walks of life are spending their weekend doing military training, as volunteer numbers soar and Finland readies to join NATO to protect itself from Russia
The last Allegro train from St Petersburg in Russia arrives at the central railway station in Finland's capital Helsinki on March 27, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Last EU train out of Russia arrives in Helsinki

Just after 7pm on Sunday, the Allegro express train from St Petersburg pulled into the Finnish capital Helsinki, marking the closure of the last rail link between Russia and the EU
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

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 Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
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EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Belgium, Brussels: Ursula von der Leyen (r), President of the European Commission, takes part in a special session on the second day of the EU special summit. Photo: -/EU/XinHua/dpa
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EU leaders cautiously optimistic deal on virus recovery fund in sight

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.
The rescue ship "Eleonore" sails on the Mediterranean with around 100 migrants on board. The "Eleonore" took in the migrants on 26.08.2019 off the Libyan coast.
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Key EU interior ministers seek to resolve Mediterranean rescue crisis

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.
The harbour in Helsinki is to be seen alongside the cathedral. Finland replaces Romania this Monday (01.07.20199) and takes over the presidency of the EU. Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa
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Finland takes over EU presidency from Romania in low-key handover

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.
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