The President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, and Finnish premier Jyrki Katainen held a one-hour public discussion session at the University of Helsinki to debate the future of Europe. After brief remarks, they responded to questions from a pre-vetted audience in the hall.
The event was briefly halted around 5pm Tuesday when demonstrators began shouting loudly before Katainen's speech. Soon afterwards, other protestors burst into the hall, waving a sheet bearing anti-austerity slogans.
Security guards ejected the demonstrators and the discussion event resumed.
Van Rompuy's speech at the "discussion" included one meaningful and true sentence, which is more than one is used to: