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Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Tapani Katainen is the chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) and the current Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland. Katainen became a member of Siilinjärvi municipal council in 1993. He was elected member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Northern Savonia in 1999, served as the vice-chairman of his party since 2001, becoming its leader in 2004. In the 2007 parliamentary election, the National Coalition led by Katainen won the second place from the Social Democrats. After the election Katainen and his party were criticized, together with the Center Party, for the campaign funding they took from corporate financers. Katainen became the Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the new cabinet with Center, National Coalition, Greens, and Swedish People's party. In November 2008, the Financial Times named Katainen as the best finance minister in Europe.
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Estonia and Finland sign agreement simplifying procedures for citizens
2011-12-13
Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and his Finnish counterpart Jyrki Katainen signed an agreement yesterday nullifying the requirement to get documents issued by the two countries' population registers legalised, reported BC government's press ...
(The Baltic Course)
  1. Agreement Streamlines Vital Statistics Certificate Requests with Finland

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Finland Cabinet Threatens Europe Rescue Fix
2011-12-13
Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen, who heads the Social Democrats, says the country can't join the ESM should it move to majority voting, while Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, head of the National Coalition, says the nation must find a way to stay in ...
(Bloomberg)
  1. All eurozone members must take part in bailout fund -Finnish PM
  2. NEWS ANALYSIS: Government partners disagree on how to decide on emergency ...
  3. Analysis: Domestic Politics Complicate Finland Stance On ESM

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European leaders hash out crisis deal
2011-12-09
By CNNWires @CNNMoney December 9, 2011: 12:36 PM ET Finland Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, France President Nicolas Sarkozy, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of the summit. ...
(CNN)
  1. Wonkbook: Three questions about the euro deal
  2. Fragile treaty deal confronts referendum threat
  3. Official: eurozone eyes $200 bln in loans to IMF

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Resentment towards Germany
2011-11-30
This week the Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen warned against proposals that bypass the EU. He and other smaller nations fear an EU that is increasingly a Franco-German union with France in a supportive role. At the same time there is rising ...
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    Merkel Spurns 'Bazooka' in Favor of Fast-Track Treaty Change
    2011-11-28
    Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the group of finance chiefs, said that the EU shouldn't be “artificially divided” into two groups, while Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that “it isn't at all certain” if there is wider support for ...
    (BusinessWeek)
    1. Germany, France press coercive euro zone debt rules

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    Finland's Stubb calls for treble-A "power core" in eurozone -FT
    2011-11-17
    I see the centrifugal force of a core Europe." Jyrki Katainen (cons), the Finnish prime minister, echoed Stubb's remarks. "I concur because these ... countries have run their finances well," Katainen said on an MTV3 breakfast programme.
    (Helsinki Times (subscription))
    1. Finland moots more say for triple-A rated countries in eurozone

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    Katainen Touts EFSF Precautionary Role, Doubts 'Big' Summit
    2011-10-06
    Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said Europe needs to build a firewall to protect healthy countries from the fallout of Greece's oversized debt, while playing down expectations of a “big” breakthrough at this month's euro ...
    (BusinessWeek)
    1. Katainen Touts EFSF Precautionary Role, Doubts 'Big' Summit
    2. Finnish PM: No big decisions seen at EU summit
    3. Finland's Katainen Wins First Confidence Motion in Parliament

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    Government holds out hope for centralised incomes agreement
    2011-10-06
    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (Nat. Coalition Party) and Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen (Social Democratic Party) met with the leaders of the different federations on Wednesday. “We had a discussion about the situation at hand. ...
    (Helsingin Sanomat)
    1. Review time in labour market
    2. Europe Debates Investor Pain in Greek Debt Swap, Urpilainen Says

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    Finnish PM: Greece collateral model useful for future
    2011-10-04
    I think it could be used in future as well," Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen told reporters on Tuesday. Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said in Athens that Greece would offer Finland 880 million euros of bonds as loan collateral, ...
    (Reuters)
    1. Collaterals deal 'good': Finnish finance minister

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    Finland falls out of love with EU
    2011-09-29
    In this May 13, 2011 photo Timo Soini, chairman of the True Finns, left, and Finland's Minister of Economy Jyrki Katainen give interviews in Helsinki, Finland before the meeting of the the Grand Committee to debate Finland's stand on the Portugal ...
    (CBS News)
    1. Finland falls out of love with EU
    2. Finland Wants Permanent Rescue Mechanism in Place Next Year
    3. Finland falls out of love with EU

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    Expansion of European Bailout Fund Clears Hurdle
    2011-09-28
    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen of Finland, left, in Parliament on Wednesday for the vote on the bailout fund, with the finance minister, Jutta Urpilainen, center, and defense secretary, Stefan Wallin. Jose Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission ...
    (New York Times)
    1. Debt crisis: as it happened - September 28, 2011
    2. Don't pop the corks quite yet for Europe's new life raft

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    Finnish Parliament Approves Europe's Expanded Rescue Fund
    2011-09-28
    The result of Finland's EFSF vote “improves confidence” in Europe's crisis-fighting ability, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said in an interview. Finland's collateral demands are likely to be agreed on “within days or weeks,” he said. ...
    (BusinessWeek)
    1. Finland approves increase in EU bailout fund
    2. FINLAND APPROVES BOOST TO EUROPEAN BAILOUT FUND
    3. Finland approves increase in EU bailout fund

    Aug
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    Katainen talks cooperation with labour confederations
    2011-08-04
    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen held meetings with heads of labour confederations on Thursday. Katainen said cooperation would be aimed at improving purchasing power, economic growth, competitiveness and financial predictability. Katainen sat down at the ...
    (YLE News)
    1. Katainen says Finland confronting frightening issues
    2. Euro zone sinks to 'dangerous situation'

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    Finish Prime Minister Katainen invited by Putin to Russia
    2011-08-03
    On Tuesday, 9 August, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen will travel to Sochi where he will meet the Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The premiers will discuss the countries' bilateral relations, the global economic situation and cooperation ...
    (Murmansk & Shtokman News)
    1. Finland's Katainen to meet visit Putin in Russia

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    Finland PM says Europe in a very dangerous situation
    2011-08-03
    HELSINKI Aug 3 (Reuters) - Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Wednesday described the current situation in Europe's economy as very dangerous. "Italian and Spanish bond yields rose to their new record highs. That is very alarming and scary ...
    (Reuters)
    1. Katainen: Europe in "very dangerous situation"

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    Katainen believes in Greek package
    2011-07-22
    Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen believes that the agreement on the Greek bailout, reached at the euro zone crisis meeting in Brussels on Thursday, will help to resolve the crisis. Finland's share of the new loans is around two billion euros, ...
    (YLE News)
    1. True Finns' Soini gives PM Katainen mediocre grade
    2. Soini: 'Greece is insolvent'

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    Katainen: Finland will not compromise on Greek loan guarantees
    2011-07-20
    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen says that the European economic situation is extremely difficult, but Finland will nevertheless reject any new loans for Greece if EU countries do not vote unanimously to accept guarantees. However, opposition parties in ...
    (YLE News)
    1. Finland not to compromise on Greek loan guarantees: Finnish PM

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    Finland's new government wins confidence vote
    2011-06-30
    Lawmakers voted 111-68 in favor of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's six-party Cabinet, with 21 abstaining or absent. The approval had been expected, as the coalition commands a clear majority in the 200-member Parliament with 126 lawmakers. ...
    (eTaiwan News)
    1. Finnish PM says Greek austerity vote averted "total catastrophe"

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    Katainen: Talks on Greece also with Finnish banks
    2011-06-29
    Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen considers it possible that Finish banks will also take part in the second bailout package for Greece. Katainen said that, while putting together a plan that allows for private investors to voluntarily roll over the Greek ...
    (YLE News)
    1. Finnish ex-left joins right-wing coalition government
    2. Finland's new prime minister: I admire Estonians
    3. Finnish PM says to summon labour market bosses for August talks

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    Katainen forms compromise government
    2011-06-23
    For the new Finnish government, “the endurance test has begun,” headlines Lapin Kansa, following the inauguration of the government led by conservative Jyrki Katainen. Constructed after two months of laborious negotiations, the coalition, ...
    (Presseurop - English)
    1. Finland's 72nd Government is constituted