Finland

Talks to form government still going on


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Talks to form the next coalition government are still ongoing with all six parties involved, confirmed prime minister elect Jyrki Katainen of the National Coalition Party. There had been rumours that at least one party was planning to leave the talks, putting the formation of a government in jeopardy.

Katainen confirmed that the talks centred on three themes, tackling poverty and marginalisation, stabilising public finances and boosting economic growth and competitiveness.

Despite all parties talking, one member of the Left Alliance, Markus Mustjärvi has walked out of one group over the proposed approach to EU policy and NATO membership. Party leader, Paavo Arhinmäki confirmed that this was a personal decision and the Left Alliance were still in the talks.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows that the True Finns have increased their popularity, coming top of a poll conducted by TNS Gallup for the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

The True Finns were on 22.2% up from 19.1% at the general election on 17th April. The National Coalition are on 20.4%, slightly down. The Centre Party, previously the largest party, have continued their decline and are on 14.5% down from 15.8% in April and 23.1% in 2007.

Other parties haven’t changed a great deal, with the Social Democrats on 18.6%, Left Alliance on 7.8%, Swedish People’s Party on 4% and Christian Democrats on 3.9%.

In another poll conducted by the University of Helsinki’s Swedish School of Social Science, 70% of those polled who declared they had voted for the True Finns in the general election said that they had done so as a protest vote.

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