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Post-enlightenment buffoons.

It’s a massive embarrassment to me in how naive, stupid and ignorant, the political class, and most voters are on many of the major issues. Just look at the buffoonery what they’re chosen representatives adhere to and promise to inflict upon the country.

NOTE: Alexander Stubb (National Coalition) and Ollie Rehn (Center Party) are the typical EU, neo-statist hacks, who push EU interests over that of Finland’s.

Monday’s paper review: Analysing Finland’s European elections

As expected, this Monday’s ante from Finland’s print media analyses the European elections result in Finland from many angles. Read on to find out about the surprisingly liberal bent of the new MEPs as a whole, as well as which parties did well in which parts of the country and what candidates were left out in the cold.

EU:n lippu.
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Finland’s leading daily Helsingin Sanomat says the new MEPs are a surprisingly liberal bunch. The paper’s pre-election candidate survey, used as the basis for the online voting questionnaires that help voters find a party or candidate that stands closest to their preferences, indicates that Finland’s new group of MEPs are surprisingly liberal, farther left on the political spectrum than the right.

The most conservative candidates elected were the two Finns Party MEPs and the Centre Party’s Paavo Väyrynen. The survey also classified National Coalition Party member and yesterday’s top vote-grabber Alexander Stubb, along with fellow party member Henna Virkkunen and the Centre Party’s Olli Rehn as farthest right.

The majority of Finland’s MEPs for 2014-2019 is positive about the European Union and would not change any key policies. For example, 77 per cent say that Finnish membership in the EU is a good thing. Few would wish to extend the present powers of the European Parliament or interfere with the Finnish membership fee or how the Commissioner is chosen.

Agree or disagree

Two issues seem to divide opinion: Just under half would not let Turkey join the EU, even if it fulfilled the membership criteria, while 38 percent would not grant Greece any more loans, even if it was faced with default.

There are also two issues they all say they agree on: that all decision-making should assess its impact on the environment. There is disagreement, however, on how this should be done. One-third feel a simple reduction in greenhouse gases will suffice, while the rest would like to see the EU impose binding rules on the imposition of renewable energy.

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