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Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | 16/06/2010

World Cup may strengthen South Africa

Sporting events can have a positive impact on the host country, Olli Kivinen writes in the daily Helsingin Sanomat, referring to the World Cup in South Africa: "Within the space of 16 years the country has evolved from a dismal Apartheid state to a symbol of hope for Africa. Now it wants to use the democratic changes ... for a tangible and sustainable rise in prosperity. ... Africa needs success stories, and in this endeavour football is really a side issue, although even just the host country's success in organising the World Cup has triggered strong emotions all over Africa. ... Has the current World Cup given South Africa such a kick that it is finding the way to development in an ever more positive direction? Or are the sceptics right to argue that the billions the country has spent on organising the World Cup could have been better invested in resolving the [the country's] problems? Unfortunately, the impact of the World Cup is not really measurable. Nevertheless, it is clear that sensible social and economic policies are the key to success, in Africa as elsewhere. World Cup fever doesn't change that."

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | 29/09/2009

Olli Kivinen on the stability of the euro in the crisis

Many economic experts warned of the perils of the various interventions by European states in economic policy and predicted dire consequences for the euro, which however failed to materialise. But columnist Olli Kivinen writes in the daily Helsingin Sanomat that the euro's test of endurance has not yet ended: "Many have the feeling that the worst is over, even if recovery is slow. And on the whole the success of the euro is already visible. Trust in it is bolstered by the fact that an increasing number of EU countries want to join the monetary union. Stability is the key word which has earned the European Central Bank its spurs. The euro offers 16 countries a safe harbour: there are no currency fluctuations. … The advantages of financial stability can't be denied, even if the euro's meteoric rise against the dollar caused problems in certain branches."

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | 04/12/2008

What will come of the OECD conference in Helsinki?

Writer and columnist Olli Kivinen calls the meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Helsinki on December 4th and 5th the highlight of Finland's chairmanship of the organisation. "Even if many critics - including myself - just a few years ago saw the OSCE, which now comprises 56 member countries, as a moribund and needless bureaucracy, recent developments have demonstrated that it remains an important platform. ... According to [its chairman and Finnish Foreign Minister] Alexander Stubb, the goal of this meeting is to make a joint political declaration. Whether this will come about is questionable. In the best case, the participating countries will be in such a panic over the economic crisis that they will be ready to smooth relations between Russia and the Western countries."

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