Alexander Stubb is one of the most vocal and active foreign ministers at the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels. In his maiden trip to India, the 42-year-old Foreign Minister of Finland speaks to Kunal Majumder on the need of Europe to look beyond the US, his skepticism of the G20 and India’s role in Afghanistan.
When Matti Vanhanen took over as Finland’s Prime Minister in 2003, there was just the Nokia mobile handset that had a presence in India. For the rest, Finnish investment was concentrated elsewhere. This was one of Vanhanen’s major challenges, and he soon set in motion a process that would correct the imbalance. Today, though the total bilateral trade stands at just around $1 billion, R&D collaborations are mushrooming across sectors, including telecom, transport and cleantech. Vanhanen tells KUNAL MAJUMDER he expects the Indo- Finnish trade to grow by 15-17 percent annually
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has been named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2008. “Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he […]
Finland has been a successful story in the field of globalization and gender equality. Stuck between two large neighbours – Sweden and Russia, the country has evolved a pragmatic foreign […]