Meteorologists say the weather change from Tuesday to Wednesday was the most dramatic of the summer.
Halil Karavelisenior researcher at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, specializing in Turkish politics, explained that Turkey’s reservations are legitimate.
“Until the Swedish parliamentary elections, it doesn’t look like this will be resolved,” the expert told HBL.
One of the main reasons for this roadblock is the Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh, currently in the ruling coalition as a non-partisan after deciding to leave Die Linke. Kakabaveh is of Kurdish descent and was affiliated with Kurdish militant groups, fighting as a member of the Iran-based Komala in her youth. She is one of the people whom Turkey has requested for extradition as a terrorist.
Although she has no party affiliation, her single seat was enough to give a ruling majority due to the extreme evenness of party distribution in Sweden. As a result, Kakabaveh was able to act as a kingmaker for the current government and secure arms embargoes against Turkey.
Swedish prime minister Madeleine Anderson said last week that all agreements with Kakabaveh will end after new parliamentary elections in September because impartiality does not stand for election.
Complicating matters is the public perception of the PKK, which Sweden has classified as a terrorist organization, as have Finland and the EU. Last week, images of the PKK flag and the letters “PKK” were projected onto the side of Stockholm City Hall by local activists.
Paul Levindirector of the Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Stockholm, felt that this did not promote good understanding between Stockholm and Ankara.
After the collapse of peace talks between the PKK and Turkey in 2015, Kurdish-Turkish relations have become increasingly militarized and constitute a central aspect of Turkey’s security policy.
“Sweden, which has a large Kurdish population and where there are strong sympathies between many parties, differs markedly from the Turkish view,” Levin told HBL.
Levin clarified that the Swedish point of view is one that supports the rights of the Kurdish people and criticizes Turkey’s use of terrorist legislation to hunt down non-terrorist Kurdish organizations.
“This is a question that engages all NATO members who want Finland and Sweden to join. Enlargement would be of great value [to the alliance]“, pointed out Levin.
Karaveli also clarified that Turkey’s reproaches mainly concern Sweden, with Finland only mentioned in one paragraph of the latest Turkish statement. Despite this momentum, Finland’s NATO candidacy was delayed along with Sweden’s.
Rydman faces party backlash
Following allegations of sexual misconduct, MP Wille Rydman the position in the Helsinki municipal group of the National Coalition Party (NCP) will be discussed this week according to Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).
On Sunday, HS published an article in which several women spoke about the inappropriate behavior and actions of Rydman, whose allegations the MP denied.
The Helsinki NCP Municipal Group is normally scheduled to meet on Thursdays each week, but will take a break for mid-summer. In order to deal with the scandal, the group will meet on Wednesday. Rydman is currently Vice President of Helsinki City Council.
HS said this was confirmed by Maarit Vierunen (NCP), president of the municipal group of the party.
“We are going to have a discussion at this extraordinary group meeting, and that is the only item on the agenda of the meeting. We will also hear from Rydman,” she said.
The municipal group has yet to convene or discuss the matter since Rydman’s allegations surfaced. However, Yle reported Tuesday morning that the caucus will meet on Tuesday to discuss the allegations Rydman is facing.
Midsummer weather change
Until yesterday, the weather forecast was gloomy for the summer solstice, but Ilta-Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun) published an article early Tuesday saying warm sunny weather is on the way.
At least IS gave a 70-80% chance and urged readers to stay tuned for Wednesday’s forecast before deciding to forgo Gore-Tex and rain boots.
As central Europe experiences a record heat wave, meteorologists are predicting that this hot air mass could move north into Finland.
Meteorologist Hannu Valta clarified that this was a notable change.
“A big change. The biggest change in the weather forecast of the whole summer,” he told IS.
However, the heat wave in central Europe might not hit all of Finland, he warned.
“It’s still unclear how far north the hot air mass will reach,” Valta said.