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Finnish minister calls for concern about behaviour at Nordic Council meeting

Thursday, 03 November 2011
Finnish European Affairs Minister, Alexander Stubb, has attracted concerns from fellow Nordic colleagues at a meeting of Nordic foreign ministers in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Reports hold that members of the Finnish delegation were upset by Stubb's behaviour at the meeting, which they supposed he showed open disinterest in Nordic issues.


SDP parliamentarian Maarit Feldt-Ranta to Finnish news agency Yle, that his public displays of disdain were also noted by other Nordic representatives.
“With his body language and words, our minister communicated that Nordic matters do not rate highly on his agenda,” said Feldt-Ranta, who served as deputy chair of the Finnish delegation.

Stubb meanwhile chalked it all up to a misunderstanding and said his fatigue may have led to the poor impression.

“Yesterday’s conference was good. Just as I love the EU I also love Nordic cooperation—this is really exciting, important and fun,” Stubb told YLE.

Some observers said Stubb cursed during the meeting, calling it “shit” among other things.
“It’s clear that one should not swear, especially not in earshot of others. If this happened, I’m deeply sorry,” said Stubb.

Finland holds the 2011 Nordic Council chairmanship. According to Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, discussions centred on the current situation in North Africa and Palestine, and particularly on women’s rights in those areas.
By Team / Source: Yle

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