Are Finland’s Euroskeptics Being Tamed by Tradition?

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting, Berlin, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting, Berlin, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
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Finland’s government, led by Prime Minister Juha Sipila, survived a no-confidence vote this week. The government’s future seemed in doubt last week following a leadership change within the Finns Party, but it was saved when over half of the Euroskeptic party’s lawmakers formed a breakaway faction that will serve in the ruling coalition. In an email interview, Ilkka Ruostetsaari, professor of political science at Finland’s University of Tampere, describes the dynamics at work and how Finnish populists’ are struggling against being coopted by the political establishment. WPR: What were the factors that led to the resignation of Foreign Minister Timo […]

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