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Finnish voters snub anti-euro far-right

Finnish voters snub anti-euro far-right | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's nationalist anti-immigration Finns Party suffered a heavy setback in this weekend's presidential election, as many of its anti-euro voters fled to the equally eurosceptic Centre Party, observers said Monday.
The Finns Party soared in popularity in last April's legislative elections, becoming the third-biggest political formation with 19 percent of votes as its vehemently anti-EU rhetoric drew voters away from the Centre Party, which struggled to convey its euro opposition.
But in Sunday's first round of presidential voting, the Finns Party candidate and leader, the charismatic and popular Timo Soini, managed to scrape up just 9.4 percent despite a campaign that focused heavily on Finland's role in the eurozone.

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The question that exposed Timo Soini’s good-cop-bad-cop strategy on racism - Blog

 By Enrique Tessieri
The televised presidential debate on Thursday is probably one of the first times when Perussuomalaiset (PS) party chairman Timo Soini good-cop-bad-cop was uncovered to the tee. His usual response, “I don’t support racism and hate speech,” didn’t work because it was unconvincing and even had a grotesque quality.

 

Read more: http://nemoo.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/timo-soinis-good-cop-bad-cop-strategy-on-racism-uncovered-by-young-students/

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Advice to the euro-elite: forget how tough the Finns are at your peril - Mail Online - M E Synon's blog

...nowhere more than in triple-A rated Finland, a key member of the eurozone, and a nation with a history of courageous resistance to oppression that ought not to be forgotten by the euro-elite. Not if the euro-elite want to come out a fight in Helsinki with their skins still on.

I got in touch with the leader of the opposition in the Finnish parliament, Timo Soini, head of the Finns party.

Yesterday he forced the Finnish government to face a vote of confidence over the summit deal.

Today he sent me these notes on just why the eurozone deal must be resisted...

 

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Soini: Greek deal "better than nothing"

Soini: Greek deal "better than nothing" | Finland | Scoop.it
The two main opposition leaders, Timo Soini of the True Finns and Mari Kiviniemi of the Centre, say they still oppose any increase in Finland’s responsibility for eurozone states in crisis – despite a deal reached on Tuesday between...
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Soini: 'Greece is insolvent' - YLE News

Soini: 'Greece is insolvent' - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
YLE News Soini: 'Greece is insolvent'YLE NewsThe leader of the opposition nevertheless thanks Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen for obtaining guarantees for Finland's contribution to the loans. Soini's overall view of the deal, however, is negative.
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Soini off to fiery start as opposition leader

Soini off to fiery start as opposition leader | Finland | Scoop.it
True Finns' leader Timo Soini was unanimously re-elected as party chair in Tampere on Saturday -- while taking his first shots at the newly-formed government.

The leader of the main opposition party addressed some 1,000 members of the party's faithful at the True Finns' congress. He took the opportunity to lambast the newly-baked government and its agenda.
Soini particularly criticised the Left Alliance for joining the conservative-led cabinet. He heaped scorn on Left chair Paavo Arhinmäki, noting that he had not even made any public complaint about the new cabinet's EU policies.
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True Finns still hope for understanding on euro bailouts

True Finns still hope for understanding on euro bailouts | Finland | Scoop.it
Soini and Katainen failed to reach agreement on Wednesday

The True Finns continue to see the issue of financial support for crisis countries in the eurozone to be the key question in whether or not the party can join a government coalition.
On Wednesday, party chairman Timo Soini was not able to reach agreement on the matter with National Coalition Party leader Jyrki Katainen, who is heading efforts to form a new government.
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Centre demands True Finns participation in government talks

Centre demands True Finns participation in government talks | Finland | Scoop.it
Centre Party Secretary Timo Laaninen says it is vital for his party that the True Finns should take part in negotiations to form a new government.

Responding to the Centre Party's wish, True Finns chair Timo Soini said he was giving it serious reconsideration. Soini, however, reiterated his opposition to government co-operation with the Greens and to support for eurozone bailouts.
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Blog: Ironies Too: True Finns rise to Top Finnish Opinion Polls

Blog: Ironies Too: True Finns rise to Top Finnish Opinion Polls | Finland | Scoop.it
The rest of the anti-EU parties across the EU must follow the example of the True Finns and begin to speak out about the true evil underway on the Continent of Europe? Just as True Finn Leader Timo Soini, had the courage to do in the Wall Street Journal, last week, linked once again from here.
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Will Soini fever ever cool down?

Will Soini fever ever cool down? | Finland | Scoop.it
The Tampere-based regional daily Aamulehti sees three possible futures for the True Finns during the next parliamentary term...
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Government formation efforts continue in unique political situation

Government formation efforts continue in unique political situation | Finland | Scoop.it
Decision of True Finns to stay in opposition only briefly lifts political stalemate

A conference room in the basement of the House of Parliament called Laki, or “Law”, fills up with journalists. It is Thursday, and the clock shows that the time is 11:01 when Timo Soini walks into the room. His face has a slight reddish hue and his expression is severe.
“If a person betrays himself, who is left? Nobody”, Soini asks, and answers his own question.
This is followed by a sermon about 20 minutes long in which Soini declares, with biblical turns of phrase, why the True Finns party will not join the next government...
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COMMENTARY: Many voters may feel betrayed

COMMENTARY: Many voters may feel betrayed | Finland | Scoop.it
By Marko Junkkari

Finland is no longer the same after the April Parliamentary elections.
In the wake of the True Finns' landslide advance [from five seats to 39], the nation is suddenly both unified and divided by an unlikely theme - politics.
Nearly every morning nowadays one can hear commuters on the Helsinki metro discuss such curious matters as the Portugal bailout package.
Certainly the dabblers in politics also touch upon more tried and tested subjects such as Mikael Granlund’s sublime penalty shot at the World Championships and Paradise Oskar’s almost certain Eurovision Song Contest victory, but - what do reckon? - does anyone think that the True Finns group leader Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner will be able to keep the unruly new intake of MPs in check?
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True Finns in WSJ: Why I Won't Support More Bailouts | EuropeNews

True Finns in WSJ: Why I Won't Support More Bailouts | EuropeNews | Finland | Scoop.it
This is the uncensored version of an OpEd run in Wall Street Journal, written by the leader of the True Finns Timo Soini. For undisclosed reasons the WSJ chose to leave out important parts of the article.
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Finland’s Euro-Skeptics Gird for Voter Backlash

Less than a year after Timo Soini led his anti-euro “The Finns” party in a fourfold surge in Finland’s parliamentary election, voters are showing they won’t reward candidates running on a bailout-bashing agenda.

 

Polls show Soini may place fourth in the Jan. 22 presidential election, trailing Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s National Coalition candidate Sauli Niinistoe, a former banker and finance minister who led Finland into the euro in 1999.

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COMMENTARY: Born out of angst – culture policy of The (True) Finns party - Helsingin Sanomat

Timo Soini, the chairman and presidential candidate of The Finns (also known as the True Finns) party, dropped a new bomb on Monday. He said that the denunciation of postmodern art in the party’s parliamentary election manifesto was an election trick aimed at annoying people who take things too seriously.
This means that according to Soini the sentence in the election programme, according to which The Finns feel that “maintaining the Finnish cultural heritage takes precedence over support for postmodern modern art” did not mean that art should be restricted in some way.
“It was a deliberate provocation. We knew that there would be an outcry”, Soini says now.

Why was this a new bombshell? It is because the party’s chairman is admitting that the party wrote things in its election programme that it did not mean.
Soini has worked very hard to get the True Finns to be taken seriously. But now Soini claims that the election programme of the party was actually meant to be a humourous publication.
Are the voters of the True Finns laughing now that it came out that this was a provocation and that it was not a real election programme? Or do they perhaps feel that they have been hoodwinked?

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Far-right Finnish politician Timo Soini bids for presidency

Far-right Finnish politician Timo Soini bids for presidency | Finland | Scoop.it
Timo Soini's conversation ranges from Moses to Millwall FC as he reiterates his opposition to the euro...

 

Soini, 49, is arguably the most successful eurosceptic politician in Europe today, and certainly in the eurozone.

Earlier this year, when his True Finns party refused to back the bailout of Portugal, this bear of a man (he's 18 stone and 6ft 2in) had the world's attention. "The Finns party made a huge impact last spring all over Europe," he remembers with satisfaction. "The Portuguese bailout was on the hook for nearly one-and-a-half months because of us."

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Soini criticises online hate speech - YLE News

Soini criticises online hate speech - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
YLE NewsSoini criticises online hate speechYLE NewsTrue Finns' party chair Timo Soini has accused Finnish politicians of using the Norwegian terror attacks to link his party to hate speech and extreme opinions.
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Soini is probable True Finns candidate for presidential election

Soini is probable True Finns candidate for presidential election | Finland | Scoop.it
The conference of the True Finns held in Tampere this weekend has decided on the party’s participation in next year’s presidential election. Party chair Timo Soini said he would in all probability stand as the party’s candidate.
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Government negotiators still keeping mum

Government negotiators still keeping mum | Finland | Scoop.it
With a Friday deadline looming, those negotiating to form the basis for a new cabinet declined to comment about the prospects on Thursday. However sources say that a projected coalition based on the National Coalition, the True Finns and the Centre is unlikely.
Conservative National Coalition chair Jyrki Katainen, whose party holds the most seats in the new Parliament, has been leading efforts to forge a new government for some seven weeks now. If he does not achieve a breakthrough by Friday, the legislature is expected to name a new leader for talks.
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Soini: True Finns will not compromise on EU policy

Soini: True Finns will not compromise on EU policy | Finland | Scoop.it
The True Finns’ party chair Timo Soini has told YLE that he is not ready to haggle over his party’s hardline policy on the European Union. On Wednesday Soini met the lead negotiator in government formation talks, Jyrki Katainen, and says that Katainen is not yet ready to change the National Coalition party's European policy.
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Ironies Too: Spineless Worm taunt in Finnish debate on latest EU Bail Out

Ironies Too: Spineless Worm taunt in Finnish debate on latest EU Bail Out | Finland | Scoop.it
A good description of most of Britain's Parliamentarians (see our earlier posts on events in Westminster yesterday) was used in Finland's Parliament as the EU trampled upon another once Sovereign Parliament thanks to the treachery of the elected "so-called" representatives. I quote, from here:

“Spineless worm”
The True Finns Party chair Timo Soini sharply criticised the Portugal package during Tuesday’s debates. ..
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The Truth about the True Finns: The True Finns now the most popular Party in Finland

The Truth about the True Finns: The True Finns now the most popular Party in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsingin Sanomat reported today that according to a poll by several newspapers, the True Finns are now the most popular party in Finland. Their popularity has risen by 3.3% points since the election, while the Social Democrats and Centre party lost a couple points each. The poll was conducted last week, after True Finn leader Timo Soini announced that the True Finns will remain in opposition from the government Coalition...
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Soini: No Regrets Over Opposition Role

Soini: No Regrets Over Opposition Role | Finland | Scoop.it
The Chairman of the True Finns’ Party, Timo Soini, has severely criticized the parties taking part in negotiations to form a new government.
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WSJ Caught BLATANTLY Scrubbing.....

WSJ Caught BLATANTLY Scrubbing..... | Finland | Scoop.it
... the words of Timo Soini after the fact and after they printed it unedited online yesterday.
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The True Finns Just Pulled Off A Political Masterstroke That Could Sweep Them ... - The Business Insider

The True Finns Just Pulled Off A Political Masterstroke That Could Sweep Them ... - The Business Insider | Finland | Scoop.it
True Finns would not be joining in Finland's coalition government, choosing to stay out of a group that has agreed to support Portugal's bailout.

While in the short-term, this will stop the True Finns from achieving any of their policy goals on EU reform and immigration, it will offer them a political opportunity. As the independent voice for reform of Finland's relationship with the EU, the party will now be able to speak openly against all government action on bailouts.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/true-finns-no-government-2011-5#ixzz1MDiAxCkb
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