That’s the answer Astrid Thors (Swedish People’s Party) gives when talking about the concerns people have over the Euro. It’s not about the facts the English press are reporting on, it’s about the fact that they’re reporting on it all. Thors is a big EU believer, and couldn’t care less about the fact it’s an entirely undemocratic institution, so for her, it’s blame the messenger and never look at the message. KGS
“The debate we have about Europe in Finland follows the British debate, which does not reflect what happens in the rest of Europe,” adds Thors, a fluent French speaker. “Just compare Le Monde and the British papers. The Finns are relying too much on the British press and English-speaking sources, and that also distorts the debate.”
Tapio Raunio, Professor in Political Science at Tampere University, says that the anti-bailout statements do not represent a major shift in thinking so much as the verbalising of currents of thinking that had previously remained hidden. When the entire system is dedicated to ironing out differences so that Finland speaks with one voice, the debate and criticism is not seen by the public.