Finnish Twitter reactions to Greece financial talks

While meetings about Greece continue, Finland stands in strange position. The government representatives have been very silent about negotiations, but social media is running around the clock. Country seems divided between peoples who understand the situation of Greece and peoples wishing that Greece would exit from Euro.

Alexi Norman from The Left Youth of Finland tweeted:

Jos USA:n legitimiteetti menetettiin Abu Graibhissa ja Irakissa, tänään taisi mennä EU:n #Kreikka’ssa. #ThisIsACoup

If USA’s legitimacy was lost in Abu Graibhissa and Iraq, it seems that today EU lost it in Greece.

By sharing this comic strip, Mikko Laakso from Coalition Party Youth League seemed to blame the Greece government about current situation.

Anssi Kekkonen from Centre Party sent his own greetings to Greece with this picture of mämmi on plate.

Chairperson of Left Alliance Paavo Arhinmäki seems frustrated about the confidentiality obligation. He asks a question that many peoples may ponder around Europe.

Tekisi kovasti mieli kommentoida, ilmeisesti vasta maanantaina voi. Herää myös kysymys, kuinka kestävä juridisesti vaiteliaisuusvaade on.

I would really like to comment, (but) apparentely (I can do that) as late as Monday. Question wakes up, how juridically strong the confidentiality obligation is.

Mikael Junger from Social Democratic party has his own opinion about the situation.

Nuo Kreikan velat euromaille kannattaisi siirtää EKPn taseeseen. Ja pitää siellä seuraavat tuhat vuotta. Kukaan ei menettäisi euroakaan.

Those Greek debts to euro countries would be be worth to move ECB’s balance. And keep them there next thousand years. No one would lost a single euro.

And Ville Niinistö from the Greens picks our Minister of finance, Alexander Stubb.

Viime päivien palaute EU-maista ollut hurjaa. En tiennyt @alexstubb:n #brändi:ä “Finland – even cooler than you think” lanseerattavan näin.

Feedback from EU-countries have been wild during last days. I did not knew that (Alexander Stubb’s) brand “Finland – even cooler than you think” would be launched this way.

What about main representatives of Finland? Last few days have been completely silent. Prime minister Juha Sipilä has not tweeted a thing since 5th of July.

Minister of finance Alexander Stubb has been known to be a heavy weight user of Twitter, but his only comments have been about entering to meetings and exiting from them.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini does not even have a Twitter of his own. In his homepage Soini says that he will not give any comments about meetings and bases his decision to obligation to observe secrecy around these meetings.

Journalist Matti Virtanen goes with the music that combines Finland and Greece, posting a YouTube video from the performance of Arja Saijonmaa and Mikis Theodorakis.

Arja Saijonmaa and Mikis Theodorakis – Tuska (1972) Translation: Tuska means Pain. #Greece #Finland (Link to video.)

But in the end, it is likely that chief editor Matti Linnanahde sums the feelings of most Finns and Greeks.

Aikanaan kysytään, missä olit, kun Kreikka-ongelmaa ratkottiin. Tällä tiedolla sanoisin, että aivan pihalla. #kreikanvelkakriisi

In time they will ask you where you were, when problem with Greece was getting solved. With this information I would say that completely out.

(Author note: English is not my first language. Translations should be mostly accurate and I will take full responsibility for any mistakes I may have made.)


European Parliament said “No” to axe freedom of panorama

Sense and reason have gained an important round win today, when European Parliament decided to stand against the proposal that would have required commercial use of images about public buildings and art to require authorisation from the right-holders.

Concerning the right to create and publish images and photographs of public buildings and art works, MEPs prefer to retain the current situation by rejecting the proposal in the draft resolution that commercial use of such images should require authorisation from the right-holders.

Several groups and NGOs had protested against the proposal. One of them was the Wikimedia project that feared images currently used by free license would loose their status and require license from copyright holders of buildings and popular tourist attractions. This would have forced them to remove an estimated 40,000 images from Wikipedia.

Counter proposal had requested that Freedom of Panorama would extend to all EU countries, but that did not pass.

Reacting to today’s vote, Stevie Benton, head of external relations at Wikimedia UK, said: ‘While I would have liked Freedom of Panorama to have been extended to all member states of the EU, I’m pleased that the amendment to introduce a non-commercial exception was deleted.

What does this mean to you? Well, you can safely take a pictures from yourself and publish them, despite that one of famous buildings stands behind you. Yes, that is indeed what was threatened. Lucky for us, this absurd law did not pass trough the parliament. It is hard to imagine that 40 MEPs were actually voting in favor of the proposal.