Finland PM says seeking end to coalition with eurosceptics

"The conditions do not exist that allow us to cooperate with the Finns led by Halla-aho," Sipila said on Twitter, referring to Jussi Halla-aho, who was named the party's new leader on Saturday.

Finland PM says seeking end to coalition with eurosceptics

World Bulletin / News Desk

Finland's centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Monday that his party and its conservative allies wanted to end their governing coalition with the eurosceptic Finns party, after it elected as president a hardliner convicted of hate speech.

Though the governing coalition, in power since May 2015, has not formally collapsed it appeared likely to splinter. The conservatives and centrists could now enter into talks with possible new partners.

The Finns elected Halla-aho their head on Saturday, replacing foreign minister and moderate Timo Soini. 

Participating in the three-party coalition has come at a heavy price for the Finns party. 

Its support has more than halved from 17.7 percent in the May 2015 general election to 8.4 percent in a February poll by Taloustutkimus.

A member of the European Parliament, Halla-aho has said he would push the two other coalition parties to toughen their immigration policies.

He wants to steer his party further to the right, which could mean pulling out of the coalition government the Finns joined in 2015.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2017, 15:59