Tuesday Newspapers: Espoo explosion, payday loan lawsuit and EU bailouts | Yle Uutiset
Most media websites (including Ylé) in Finland in the lead with the news of an explosion during a police operation in Espoo. One person was later found dead in an apartment and two police officers were taken to hospital after sustaining injuries.
Their condition was not serious and they were able to go out on Monday evening.
The explosion occurred at 8:30 p.m. in the district of Mäkkylä, SH reports, when police arrived at what they described as a “routine” call.
There was no suspected link with organized crime, according to HS.
Other newspapers also had stories, including Ilta-Sanomat, which spoke to some residents of the building that had been evacuated to a hotel as police continued their search.
One of them, Veikko, said he was told to get on a bus to go somewhere, but he didn’t know where. Worse, he had been asked to leave his dog behind.
Police later relented and said evacuees could bring their dogs with them to the hotel.
Payday lenders still in talks
Last fall The Finnish Consumer Complaints Authority (FCCA) has called on borrowers to come forward to join a possible class action lawsuit against two payday lenders, Euro24 finance and JW Yhtiöt, who offered extremely high-cost loans to people with few other options.
Since then they have been locked into talks, reports Turun Sanomat, with a few bailiffs also joining the negotiations. They bought debts from the lenders.
Some 1,549 people joined the action last fall, and more have added their names since then. The final figure will only be known if and when legal action is taken.
TS reports that the talks are progressing slowly and could last until the fall. If they fail and the FCCA takes legal action, it will be the first such lawsuit in Finland.
Legislation allowing class actions was introduced ten years ago, but Finland’s closest joint trial was in 2016, when power company Caruna settled out of court after raising fees transport from 22 to 27%.
EU rescue debate
The business daily Kauppalehti takes a glance in his editorial on Finland’s position on EU bailout measures.
German Chancellor last week Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron announced that they had agreed to an agreement to establish a fund of 500 billion euros to support the regions of the EU affected by the crisis.
In practice, this means that richer regions and states finance the poorest, and has encountered opposition from so-called “four frugal” European countries: Denmark, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands. Low.
Finland has been absent from media descriptions of this group, and during the Kultaranta talks over the weekend, the Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she would try to avoid being lumped together with any “block” on this issue.
It contrasted with the president Sauli Niinistö wish, announced Friday, that the EU returns to a principle of “no bailout”.
Marin also highlighted the role of Parliament in deciding the issue, referring to the division of powers in the Finnish system that limits the president to external relations and his role as commander-in-chief of the defense forces.
The EU, meanwhile, is Marin’s domain and she has said she will respond constructively to the Merkel-Macron proposal – but she would have to bring any policy through to Parliament, which closely monitors the commitments of the EU. Finland to the EU.