Tuesday newspapers: Turkey, ticks and three-euro gas | New
Turkey’s and Finland’s security policy is both undergoing a brand change, writes Helsingin Sanomat.
Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) carries an analysis of the president Sauli NiinistoThe two-day foreign policy summit, the Kultaranta talks, said the event presented a cold reality: a resolution to Turkey’s opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO would not is nowhere in sight.
As few people outside Turkey seem to know what Turkey really wants by blocking membership applications from the Nordic countries, respect is shown towards “the unpredictable”. Recep Tayyip Erdoğaneven in small cases, writes HS.
This was demonstrated by the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg referring to Turkey by the Turkish name, Türkiye, during the press conference with Niinistö at the start of the talks on Sunday, HS notes, despite the occasional use of the country’s English name. Although the name Türkiye was used less often by President Niinistö, he did not omit it altogether.
Türkiye is Turkish for Turkey. Erdoğan launched a rebranding campaign in June to rid Turkey of the English word for turkey (the species of bird), which he considers pejorative.
HS further writes that it was not until Niinistö’s presidency that attempts were made to make security policy discussions publicly accessible, with Niinistö launching the Kultaranta Talks in 2013.
HS notes that this overhaul was partially successful, as during Niinistö’s tenure the abbreviation “turpo” (for turvallisuuspolitiikka, or security policy), previously unknown to the general public, also became common. This is partly due to the widespread use of the term on social media platforms such as Twitter.
Despite Niinistö’s attempts over the years to breathe new life into Finnish foreign policy debates, his attempts have not been fully successful; it is difficult for Finnish politicians to recognize that the approach to security policy they have cherished for decades no longer works. It wasn’t until this spring, HS concludes, that most became ready to accept that fact.
A species of fast tick
Hyalomma tick larvae have already been discovered in Finland, according to the researcher from the Tampere Museum of Natural History, Riikka Elohe said.
Unlike tick species commonly found in Finland that wait for their prey to pass by, the Hyalomma tick runs to catch its prey.
“The Hyalomma pursues its prey and can sniff it up to 10 meters away,” Elo told readers this morning.
Although no adult Hyalomma ticks have yet been found in the country, they have been spotted in Sweden. Its longer and warmer summers have allowed the tick, which was previously mainly found in North Africa and Asia, to spread, writes IL.
About 5% of ticks in Finland carry the bacteria Rickettsia, which causes typhus. However, checking for ticks at night and removing them immediately will prevent the bacteria from spreading, Elo said.
Three euros of gasoline?
Taloussanomat reports that petrol prices in Finland will skyrocket this summer, possibly to a price peak of three euros per litre.
Crude oil prices are expected to rise, in part due to the weakening of the euro against the dollar, said the head of forecasting at the Etla Institute of Economic Research, Markku Lehmustold TS.
Lehmus added that for oil prices to reach 3 euros per litre, the daily price would have to increase by around 15%, which is doable.
While Germany cut its fuel tax for three months in early June to help its motorists, Lehmus said there was currently no effective way to curb rising petrol prices in Finland.
“We could give allowances to the lowest incomes in the country to compensate them for their difficult situation. But there is no point in introducing a gasoline tax in between,” according to Lehmus.
Although higher prices will sting, this is likely a temporary situation, Lehmus concluded.