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Finnish far right leader, Soini softens his EU line as he campaigns for Finnish presidency

Friday, 30 December 2011
The leader of the Finnish far right party, True Finns, who is also a presidential candidate in the Finnish presidential election, Timo Soini is ready to compromise in EU policies if he is elected president. The church must be in the middle of the village, he said to Finnish broadcaster, Yle, thereby retracting a very previously hard stands against the country’s EU policies.

In Finland, the president has no mandate in European politics anymore, something which is handled by the government. For example,  representing the Finnish Prime Minister at EU summits.


The president's task is mainly to support the line that the government has chosen. “It would not be easy especially if the line is wrong, but you have to cooperate because that is how you have to do your job. I have strong opinions but I know when collaboration is necessary and results must be reached. I'd be a little less categorical, as President,” says Soini.

As president, Soini will also be compromising his attitude towards the euro. He has spoken earlier that Finland should leave the monetary union, but if he sits on the castle as the president, he would just have to follow the direction of the government which is in favour if staying in the EU. The worse part is that he will work to negotiate with other to make the euro currency stronger – against his will.  He now points out that the role of the president is to be neutral on the euro.

As a future president in a country that is expected to be multi-racial and multicultural, Soini struggled with most of the question s in the interview. Siome of the tough questions had to do with how he handles xenophobia and hate language being thrown on the group in which his party s against.

He made it clear that himself, he is not xenophobic and that he is strong enough to draw the line if necessary. The expression of xenophobia that has occurred in the True Fins parliamentary group, he sees it as an individual case.

The fact that many Finnish minorities feel that the diverse environment in Finland has become harder and the feeling of a tense and threatening society has grown stronger, is according to Soini, nothing to do with the power and growth of the True Finns party.

“I'm pretty sure that Finns do not experience that Timo Soini threatens them. I know quite a few Finns who are in good positions and they do not run out of the room when I arrive,” he says.
Soini think he would become a great president of the Swedish-speaking Finland including Åland, where he played football and did fishing.

The Finnish far right party has been having axes to grind with the Swedish speaking minority in Finland which are now suffering from hate language battering and various forms of discrimination. The fear is that Finnish authority wants to wipe out the Swedish speaking minority under the Swedish far right leadership.
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