On the dark and foggy Wednesday evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at Kesäranta in Helsinki’s Meilahti district to be greeted by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
It was drizzling rain but Merkel stepped out of the government Audi with a smile on her face and after a couple of air kisses, they stepped inside the prime minister’s official residence to indulge in discussions that would last about an hour.
This was Sipilä’s seventh meeting with the EU leaders for the day (the previous included for example Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Irish Prime Minister Leo Vardkar etc.); friendly powwows while Finland prepares for the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At the press conference, Merkel and Sipilä underlined the need to “take care of the European unity,” as Merkel said. “Basic European values are the basis of our actions,” she continued.
Merkel praised the bilateral relations between Finland and Germany and the good cooperation both countries share while working in the EU.
Merkel was pleased to hear that the Finnish government will likely reach their goal of 72 percent employment rate.
“We are economically strong and innovative,” she said. “Finland has proved that its economy is thriving and people are getting employed.”