Finland to have a pro-NATO prime minister

Xinhua News Agency
June 14, 2014

By Juhani Niinisto

HELSINKI: The delegates of a traditional conservative party of Finland on Saturday elected a value liberal and supporter of Finnish membership in NATO as its chairman.

Alexander Stubb, aged 46, succeeds Jyrki Katainen as the chairman of the ruling National Coalition Party, and will take Katainen’s post as the prime minister later this month.

Addressing the party assembly before the vote on Saturday Stubb said that, if elected, he would have to convince both the “nation’s leadership” and the people about the NATO issue.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto had made outspoken caution towards ideas of a Finnish membership in NATO and public support level of a membership was at 22 percent in April.

Commenting to Xinhua, Timo Soikkanen, professor of political history at Turku University, said that Stubb will probably be the most pro-Western prime minister of Finland since World War Two.

Soikkanen said the pro-NATO attitude within the Finnish elite has been evident since the start of the Ukraine crisis.

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4 Responses to “Finland to have a pro-NATO prime minister”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Another bite at the pie. Again, not good news for Russia.

  2. Anonymous says:

    the previous one wasnt any better.
    bilderberger jyrki katainen.
    so its business as usual in finland.

  3. Nollidge says:

    Stubb?.Doesn’t sound a very Finnish surname to me.Would he be another “tribal member” pretending to be Christian?.I just wonder…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Stubb is Finlands swedis name.Minority in Finland, have got swedish as a moter tongue.Stubb speaks good finnish also.He has study in London school of economics

    greetings from Finland

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