About: Alexander Stubb

EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

Weber wins EPP Spitzenkandidat in landslide victory

German Manfred Weber was crowned Spitzenkandidat of the EPP, the European Parliament's largest party, on Thursday (8 November), after he swept to victory in a contest that saw ex-Finnish Prime minister Alexander Stubb win only 20% of the votes.
EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

Syriza in quest to unite progressive forces ahead of EU elections

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his close ally, senior Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, are launching a number of initiatives to build bridges among Europe's fragmented progressive political forces and create a broad alliance ahead of the EU elections.
Politics 08-11-2018

Stubb v. Weber: Around Helsinki’s ‘fireside’, no one got burnt

The EPP's two lead candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission, MEP Manfred Weber and Ex-Finnish PM Alexander Stubb, went head-to-head on Wednesday evening (7 October), in a bid to secure support for Thursday's (8 November) vote on who should lead the party into next year's European elections.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

How to #Spitzenkandidat

As the European elections loom closer, one question rings ever louder in the Brussels corridors: How will the Parliament’s main political groups choose their candidates for the EU’s top jobs?
EU Elections 2019 05-11-2018

Why Europe needs Alex Stubb

University Professor Brent F. Nelsen explains why his former student, Alexander Stubb, should be the next European Commission president.
Climate change 23-10-2018

EU candidate Alex Stubb calls for net-zero carbon by 2045

Should he be picked as the European People's Party (EPP) lead candidate for the European Commission’s top job, Alexander Stubb vows to “work towards a carbon neutral Europe by 2045”. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
EU Elections 2019 22-10-2018

Stubb: Public support is one thing, casting votes another

Alexander Stubb, one of the EPP's two candidates to be the next European Commission president, has urged Greek and Cypriot conservatives to remember how he handled the financial crisis and make an “educated and personal” choice at the party’s congress next month.
EU Elections 2019 17-10-2018

Stubb has ‘zero tolerance’ for EPP rebels

Alexander Stubb, one of the EPP’s candidates for the next European Commission president, came out in defiance against the ‘illiberal’ factions within his party on Wednesday (17 October), saying he had zero tolerance for violations of fundamental party values.
EU Elections 2019 12-10-2018

Stubb: No room for populism in EPP, European values are under threat

After serving his country as a minister and prime minister, and gaining first-hand experience in dealing with some of the EU's biggest crises, Alexander Stubb is now vying for the top job in the European Commission. He presented his credentials during an interview with EURACTIV.
EU Elections 2019 11-10-2018

Timmermans, the right-hand of Juncker, eyes EU throne

Frans Timmermans confirmed on Wednesday (10 October) that he wants to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission next year, dismissing concerns that he has made too many enemies to stand a fighting chance of succeeding his current boss.
EU Elections 2019 03-10-2018

Stubb: A Macron-style candidate against the conservative Weber

The former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, wants to defend European values within the right-wing, and this approach may split the European People’s Party a bit more. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-09-2018

Greece’s New Democracy leader says Article 7 on Hungary should be activated

Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party said yesterday (12 September) that it would vote in favour of the Sargentini report on activating Article 7 against Hungary.
Future EU 11-06-2018

Finns Stubb and Katainen leave door open to EU Commission top job

Former Finnish prime ministers Alexander Stubb and Jyrki Katainen left open the possibility on Saturday (9 June) that they would run to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the EU executive’s president next year.
Global Europe 03-02-2017

Trump’s Muslim travel ban inspires EU initiative

Current and former EU government ministers, academics and editors will propose to EU leaders meeting today (3 February) in Malta that the Union set up a “rule of law” mission to assist EU citizens stranded in US ports and airports, following Donald Trump’s 'Muslim ban'.
Elections 06-11-2015

Finnish government close to collapse over healthcare reform

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said his centre-right coalition government could collapse today (6 November) if it fails to reach agreement on healthcare reforms that envisage spending cuts of up to €3 billion.
Brexit 24-08-2015

Stubb: Without UK, there is no EU

Without Britain, there is no European Union, Finland's finance minister said today (24 August) in a boost for his British counterpart George Osborne as he toured Scandinavia to drum up support for London's push to reform the 28-nation bloc.
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Elections 20-04-2015

Millionaire businessman wins Finland vote, eurosceptics take second place

A millionaire former telecoms executive, touted as a technocrat capable of rescuing Finland from its economic slump, won Sunday's parliamentary election, but he will likely need coalition support from a second-placed eurosceptic party critical of any more Greek bailouts.
Elections 17-04-2015

Finns expected to oust Stubb government

Finns are expected to oust Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's left-right coalition in Sunday's legislative elections, amid hopes that a new government will pull Finland out of its three-year economic slump.
Global Europe 13-04-2015

Russia concerned by Finland and Sweden’s NATO rapprochement

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Sunday (12 April) that moves by Finland and Sweden towards closer ties with NATO were of "special concern".
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Euro & Finance 19-03-2015

Stubb on Greece: “The key is to stay firm on the commitments made on February 20th”

“The key here is to stay firm on the commitments that were made in the Eurogroup on the 20th of February,” said Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on his arrival at the EU Council Summit on Thursday.
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Economy & Jobs 12-02-2015

Stubb after Ukraine ceasefire agreement: ‘We should give peace a chance’

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has warned Russia of a 'frozen relation' with the West if Moscow does not respect the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk on Wednesday.
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Economy & Jobs 24-10-2014

Stubb: The EU is not a simplified accounting exercise

On his arrival at the December 2014 EU Summit, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that “the UK, like Finland, is a rich country, the UK, unlike Finland, has a rebate regardless of its economic power.” “I think it is very important we do not start treating the EU as some kind of a simplified accounting exercise,” Stubb added.
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Energy 23-10-2014

Stubb: We will get 40% emissions reduction

On his arrival at the December 2014 EU Summit, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that he is 'optimistic' a deal on climate and energy targets will be agreed on Thursday. “We will get 40% emissions reduction and we are looking at 27% in both renewables and energy efficiency,” Stubb said.
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EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2014

Juncker’s EU investment plan ‘cannot change the picture’, warns Finnish PM

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb believes that developing the EU's internal market and focusing on trade agreements will provide a more effective boost to the European economy than any kind of public investment plan, EURACTIV France reports.