Is there any continuity in Finnish foreign policy from the Cold War to the present? At the beginning of the 21st century, many critics have distanced themselves from Finland's earlier policy of neutrality. Finland is said to have bowed and scraped towards the East, and to have been 'Finlandized' and demoralized. Indeed, in many minds the name Finland has been associated with unprincipled subordination. Some now argue that this "dark era" still tends to prevent Finland from thinking independently and facing the truth. There are those who conclude that Finland's present situation is so different that there can be no continuity with regard to the foreign policy of the previous era, nor should there be.