MEP Satu Hassi comments:
“This book is based on my diaries between August 2000 and May 2002, when I was working as the Minister for Environment and Development Co-operation in the Finnish coalition Government. During these two years the decision to build a new nuclear reactor in Finland was prepared. After the decision my Party, the Greens decided to leave the Government. During the same years the international climate negotiations on the implementation rules of the Kyoto Protocol almost collapsed, but were finally successfully finalized, which made the Kyoto Protocol ratifiable for industrialized countries.
In the beginning of this time interval I was diagnosed with breast cancer which, of course, gave a special flavour to my life and to my work as a minister.”
Satu Hassi has supplemented her notes with memories supported by documentation, such as press cuttings and appointment diaries kept by her secretaries.
The original full-length finnish version was published 2002.
A pdf-version is available online at http://www.satuhassi.fi/images/stories/liitetiedostot/myhaironahatshelf.pdf