It is June 2022. As dark-less nights take hold of Scandinavia and wartime news grip Europe, Finland welcomes its cool summer, and NATO. Finns flock to the nation’s stunning 188,000 lakes and rock at music festivals (yes, with music for all tastes beyond heavy metal, its famous export). Helsinki finds itself at another zeitgeist crossroads. Nearly half a century ago, the historic Helsinki Accords established inviolability of European borders and rejected use of the military for intervention in state affairs. That did not age well. A new geopolitical reality calls on the hopeful imagination of future leaders to seek different solutions to an updated list of challenges.
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