Opinion wrapped as news…
They’re pretty open about their bias… while they fraudulently assume the mantle of objectivity.
Nationalist agitator Steve Bannon is heading to Europe to try and boost hard right populist parties across the continent. The Fins Party has said it would probably refuse funding from Bannon’s new setup, but on Friday Helsingin Sanomat asked Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho how he plans to approach the May 2019 European elections.
It turns out the party has been in talks with Italy’s right-wing League party, but Bannon has not been in touch. Negotiations are apparently at an advanced stage.
“I already know in some detail what will happen after the European elections, but I can’t offer more information at this stage,” said Halla-aho.
The goal, according to Halla-aho, is to have one bloc in the European parliament for all nationalist populist forces. At present they are spread across four different groupings, but the upheaval following Britain’s departure from the EU (scheduled for March 2019) could allow them to coalesce into one caucus.
One issue that prevented a joining of forces in the past was attitudes to Russia. Some European populists, including the League, are quite positive about Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin. The Finns Party has not shared that enthusiasm, but according to Halla-aho Russia should not be a red line. The party’s goals, which mostly relate to immigration, should override concerns about relations with the military power just the other side of Finland’s 1,300km eastern border