On Monday, the former head of the commission tasked with the investigation of the MS Estonia ferry sinking in the Baltic Sea, Margus Kurm, made a statement that he believes a collision with a Swedish submarine could have been fatal for the ferry. According to Kurm, there is damage on the right side of the Estonia ferry.
The lead icebreaker Arktika (project 22220), which is being built by the Baltic Shipyard, has reached the final stage of the sea trials. The announcement came via a BZ press conference on June 23. Within the next three weeks, the operation team will check the operation of the icebreaker in the Gulf of Finland.
Finland might leave the European Union. The conundrum for Finland is that after the coronavirus pandemic, EU member nations will have financial difficulties. It is highly likely many EU member nations will also enter full recession. The way the EU functions, the debt is shared. Therefore, Finland has no desire to repay the debt of others.
The United Kingdom has so far recorded more than 1,000 deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic. This represents an increase of 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per an official report. The official number of the dead in the UK due to the coronavirus is now at 1,019, and the number of people confirmed to have been infected with the disease is 17,089.
France has announced that eight European countries have agreed to co-host migrants rescued in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but Italy is not one of those countries. French President Emmanuel Macaron said six other countries supported a French-German plan to resettle migrants following talks in Paris.
- FINLAND: The center-right government unexpectedly fell Friday, ahead of planned elections on April 14. The trigger was Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s failure to pass social and health care reforms. Sipila’s Center Party has trailed the Social Democrats in opinion polls since last May.