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May 1, 1987
Harri Holkeri, Finland's first conservative prime minister since World War II, took office with a pledge to maintain traditionally close ties with the Soviet Union and to expand trade with the West. Holkeri, 50, the former leader of the National Coalition Party who most recently served as director of the Bank of Finland, was sworn in by President Mauno Koivisto.
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May 1, 1987
Harri Holkeri, Finland's first conservative prime minister since World War II, took office with a pledge to maintain traditionally close ties with the Soviet Union and to expand trade with the West. Holkeri, 50, the former leader of the National Coalition Party who most recently served as director of the Bank of Finland, was sworn in by President Mauno Koivisto.
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December 30, 1985 | United Press International
Finnish businessmen are scrambling to shore up their special trade relationship with the Soviet Union now that Mikhail Gorbachev is firmly in power. As the Soviet Union's oldest Western trade partner, Finland has established a special--even privileged--relationship through barter trade, personal contacts and hard-won knowledge of its superpower neighbor. But Finnish businessmen say they fear Gorbachev's advent may change this close relationship.
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October 17, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finnish voters Sunday gave a clear "yes" to European Union membership in a development that will alter the political map of Europe and open a new era for Finland. After a long, intensely debated campaign, Finns voted 57% to 43% in favor of joining the EU in January under terms negotiated by the Finnish government earlier this year.
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March 2, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than 30 hours of continuous negotiations, Sweden, Finland and Austria agreed Tuesday to terms that would allow them to join the European Union next New Year's Day. While the terms of the negotiated entry must still pass through an arduous ratification process, Tuesday's accords effectively set in motion the EU's first expansion since its 12 member states committed themselves to the goal of full political and economic union more than two years ago.
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May 25, 1988 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
When President Reagan stops in Finland en route to the summit meeting in Moscow, he can expect a warm welcome in this normally cold country that shares a border with the Soviet Union. Reagan, who is to arrive Thursday and spend four days here in Europe's northernmost capital, will meet with President Mauno Koivisto and Premier Harri Holkeri, who have had considerable direct contact with Soviet leaders. He is also scheduled to deliver a major speech.
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February 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
Iran's president said Friday that Salman Rushdie, the author of "The Satanic Verses," might save his life with an apology, while an Iranian envoy said his nation's death penalty for the writer was "purely a religious statement." "If the purely religious-based opinion of a religious head is going to be interpreted politically, it is very unfortunate," said Akhoond Zadeh Basti, Iran's charge d'affaires in London.
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January 19, 1987 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
The frozen Baltic and the icy cold of Finland have not chilled the bones of U.S. Ambassador to Finland Rockwell Schnabel and his wife, Marna, this past year. On holiday, they opted for skiing at Aspen between Christmas and New Year's. They were guests of their friend, Teddy Forstmann, whose firm just bought Lear Siegler Inc.
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