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Finland – EU relation expected to become difficult in the coming years

Monday, 18 April 2011
The Finnish election of yesterday showed exactly what a cross section of the Finnish people wanted – reduced relations with the EU. Therefore with an anti-EU party emerging as a key player in the country’s politics, relationship with the EU in the coming years will be tasty.

With 19 percent of the vote, the anti-EU party, the True Finns so large such that it will be party of the government. But no one knows how the party would work with the other parties it will work with. This makes the Finnish hung parliament so strong that it might instead create a type of stale government.

According to political analysts, there are a lot of unscrupulous people in the True Finns party.
True Finns' leader Timo Soino has built up a huge hype around himself by speaking for the worker and the "little man".  Timo Soini is considered a serious politician. But there are lots of other unscrupulous people in the party who wants Finland to completely halt immigration and stop supporting the post-modern art.
There are politicians who have never sat in parliament and who are pretty radical in a ways that it will be difficult for Soini to control according to political analyst.

The way things stand out at the moment, the largest party, the National Coalition Party which won 20.4 percent of the votes, will likely form a government with the Social Democrats which won 19.1 percent, the Swedish People's Party (4.3 percent) - and the radically looking right wing party, the True Finns which won 19 percent of the votes.

It will be interesting to see how the True Finns will sit in the same government with the Swedish People's Party, which is a liberal party that advocates immigration and speaks for rights of minorities.

However, the Social Democrats had in the past flirted a bit with the anti-immigrant movements in Finland and in had criticized the irregularities in the construction industry in which cheap foreign workers have been employed in the sector under-cutting Finnish workers with low pay and taxes.

The government is expected to have a strong support in Finnish parliament, but that it will be fragmented and have a hard time keeping up. In addition, Finland will become more difficult in the EU. The Social Democratic Party and True Finns are critical of the EU bail out to Greece.

Despite the True Finns' newfound popularity, political analysts feel that the party will suffer the same fate as its predecessor Countryside Party - the "hug to death" and lose support from voters when forced to make a decisions contrary to the party line.

Both the True Finns and Swedish far right party, Sweden Democrats have been portrayed as anti-immigrant, but many observers do not think the two parties are directly comparable.

Sweden Democrats is a derivative of Nazi movements and are seen more radical and extremely far right in the Nazi lines while the True Finns is the outcrop of the Finnish Rural Party. Although there are people in the True Finns, who are pronounced as racists, the party is mostly anti-EU and anti-EMU. There are also anti Islam noises within the party.
By Scancomark.se Team

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