Finnish Politics


The Finnish political elite have tried to use the neo-nazi manslaughter case against the Finns party, Soini isn’t having any of it.

The SDP/Hard Left/Greens etc have links to violent social movements such as Antifa and the Anarchists, and animal rights movements and radical environmentalists. Like I’ve said before, it’s only by accident that the violence meted out by these groups haven’t led to a manslaughter case. They are not blameless.

Finns Party’s Soini: We don’t take orders from other parties

Foreign Minister and Finns Party chair Timo Soini has penned a testy response to his government coalition partner, National Coalition head Petteri Orpo, reminding him that his party is independent and does not take orders from others. Soini’s blog comments followed a call from Orpo to dig into some Finns Party politicians’ alleged ties with extreme right-wing organisations.

Timo Soini

Timo Soini Image: Yle

On Saturday, National Coalition Party chair Petteri Orpo threw down the gauntlet for Finns Party chair Timo Soini, calling on him to clarify the issue of alleged links between some Finns Party politicians to extreme-right groups.

Orpo and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä joined some 15,000 people who turned out for an anti-racism rally at Helsinki’s Citizen’s Square on Saturday. The demonstration followed the death of a young man after an attack by a member of the neo-Nazi Finnish Resistance Movement.

Orpo, who is also Finance Minister, noted that although the majority of Finns Party MPs and other politicians acted responsibly, the party should still look into its members’ backgrounds.

Soini: Angry messages from party members

Writing in his blog Saturday, Soini retorted that the Finns Party is an independent party and does not take direction or orders from any other party.

He advised Orpo to focus on his own party, the National Coalition Party, adding that the Finance Minister’s comments had generated dozens of acrimonious messages from party faithful.

Last week, Finns Party parliamentary group leader Sampo Terho described talk of connections to the extreme-right as old claims that had already been dealt with.

Terho added that the party leadership had no information to suggest that central figures in the party had any relationship with extremist groups. He concluded that the matter would not be revisited unless new information about possible links emerged.

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