The Party Of Finns Joins The Group Of European Conservatives And Reformists

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group accepted the Party of Finns (Perussuomalaiset, PS) as a new member on Tuesday (11 April), less than ten days after the right-wing Finnish party came second in the country’s general elections.

The membership of the Party of Finns in the CRE group will increase the number of its MEPs from 64 to 66. The Finnish party voted in favor of the candidacy last Wednesday (5 April).

“ The new delegation will be made up of Teuvo Hakkarainen and Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner, who will join the European Parliament in the coming weeks, to replace Laura Huhtasaari, who joined the Parliament of Finland following the great national electoral success of the Party of Finns ”, said said the CRE group in a press release on Tuesday.

Since 2019, the Party of Finns has been part of the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) political family, the main members of which are the French National Rally (RN), the Italian League (Lega) and the Alternative party for the Germany (AfD).

However, during the previous term of the European Parliament, the Party of Finns was a member of CRE. “For the Party of Finns, this represents a political return to the Eurorealist group CRE, of which they were already members during the 2014-2019 legislature”, can we read in the press release.

Like many right-wing parties in Europe, the Party of Finns is hostile to “the intrusion of Brussels into all aspects of Finnish daily life”, and promotes “traditional Finnish and classic Western values”, which they say are shaped by “ well-established Christian principles ”.

In addition, the party strongly criticizes other parties for their “open immigration” and “globalization” policies.

Party of Finns Won 20.1% of The Vote

The Party of Finns won 20.1% of the vote, overtaking former Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s party – the Social Democratic Party of Finland (Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue, SDP) – which won 19.9% voices. The centre-right National Coalition Party (Kansallinen Kokoomus, KoK) came first with 20.8%. This party is currently a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group.

Given that the three main parties all reach around 20% of the vote, it is not yet clear what the future ruling coalition might look like. One option is a right-wing government led by the National Coalition Party and the Party of Finns.

If such a scenario materializes, Finland would join EU member states whose government is led by an alliance between the center (EPP) and the right (CRE), as is the case in Italy and Sweden.

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