04 MAY 2011
Parties respond to Katainen's questions
The True Finns will not support Finnish participation in the bailout of Portugal, and say that they will not vote in favour of it in Parliament.
The party does not plan to approve of raising Finland’s responsibilities in the EU’s temporary stability mechanism, and they are also opposed to the establishment of a permanent stability mechanism in the EU.
The views come out in responses that the party gave to questions put to them National Coalition Party leader Jyrki Katainen, who has been putting out feelers for the formation of a new government.
All parties in the new Parliament submitted their answers to Katainen’s questions on Monday. True Finns chairman Timo Soini held a separate news conference to clarify the stands that were taken.
Exuding an air of self-confidence, Soini emphasised that the party is ready to join a majority government on the basis of the election result, and that he feels a need for such a government.
In unofficial discussions held so far, it has become quite clear that no solutions are in sight concerning the EU bailouts that the True Finns would find acceptable.
“This is how we are doing it and Finland and the EU will find a way to move forward that does not hinge on the approval of the True Finns”, Soini said.
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DIRECTOR OF CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES THREATENS FINLAND OVER PORTUGAL BAILOUT PACKAGE
(Tundra Tabloids/Helsingin Sanomat