HELSINKI – Far-right Finns party demands eurozone exit, again

Finns Party wants eurozone exit. The country’s five-party government led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) should immediately start preparations for Finland to leave the eurozone, according to Jussi Halla-Aho, a vocal EU critic and chair of the populist Finns Party, currently in opposition. EURACTIV’s Pekka Vänttinen has the full story.

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“In times of crisis, the euro has turned into a stone around the ankle which drags Finland into the depths. Instead of having ‘a constructive and open’ stance towards the Union of current transfers payments and debts, the government has to start preparations for eurozone exit. Right now,” Halla-Aho posted on his Facebook page.

According to him, Finland is handing out Finnish taxpayers’ money to pay other countries’ debts and giving them political control over its own budget.

His comments were sparked by the Franco-German €500 billion COVID-19 recovery initiative to help Europe’s economy, which, if implemented, would be based on grants and pooled debts.

The politician’s outburst may be premature, since the plan is expected to raise objections in many EU member states and his comments look like an attempt to re-invigorate his party’s popularity.

In a poll published on Wednesday (20 May), support for the Finns Party was at 18,1%, down by 2.1%. The Social Democrats, now top the list with 22.1%, having gained 1.7% support compared to last month’s poll.

In the aftermath of the 2019 European elections, the Finns Party has striken a similar tone, calling for an orderly mechanism to allow members to leave the monetary union without having to quit the EU as a whole.

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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