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World 17 Mar 2015 | 3:15 PM Premium

Opposed to EU bailouts, Finland's populists eye power

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's populist opposition leader could join a new government after April's general election with his calls to end bailouts and kick Greece out of the euro likely to ensure Helsinki sticks to its tough line on EU affairs.

World 12 Apr 2015 | 10:10 PM Premium

Taste of its own medicine? Austerity overshadows Finland vote

KOTKA, Finland (Reuters) - When Finland's opposition leader and likely new prime minister Juha Sipila warned Finland could be the next Greece, it was an election campaign quip with a serious side - signalling the risks for a country facing a perfect storm of economic woes.

World 14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 PM Premium

Opposition Centre Party on course to win Finland's election - poll

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's opposition Centre Party looks set to win most seats in Sunday's general election, according to the latest opinion poll on Tuesday, which was in line with other recent surveys.

World 16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM Premium

Election strains Finland's diplomatic balancing act with Russia

HELSINKI (Reuters) - From closer NATO ties to rumours of Kremlin-backed land deals on its border, Finland's diplomatic balancing act with Russia has come under the spotlight before Sunday's parliamentary election as politicians debate how far to challenge the Kremlin.

World 20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 AM Premium

Finland's opposition Centre Party tops advanced voting ahead of election

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Centre Party won the biggest support in advanced voting ahead of Sunday's general election, followed by the centre-right National Coalition and centre left Social Democrats, the justice ministry said.

World 20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 AM Premium

Finland's new 'DIY' PM aims for business acumen in government

HELSINKI (Reuters) - After only a few years of party leadership, Finland's next prime minister Juha Sipila beat electoral expectations by emphasising his business acumen as a telecom millionaire executive while maintaining traditional Finnish roots that emphasize self-sufficiency.

World 21 Apr 2015 | 5:50 PM Premium

Analysis - Barring economic slump, Europe's populists may be peaking

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - It may sound counter-intuitive after the Eurosceptic Finns Party grabbed second place in Finland's general election, but a surge by anti-establishment protest groups sweeping Europe may be peaking.

World 21 Apr 2015 | 11:10 PM Premium

Finns vote, likely to pick opposition to revive economy

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Voters are tipped to oust Finland's pro-European and pro-NATO prime minister in Sunday's election and put in power an opposition coalition that may include Eurosceptic nationalists, hoping it will revive the sagging economy.

Watching The World 26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM Premium

Bracing for un-Finnished business

For all the stark and icy beauty, the progressive education and the erudite citizens, it seems that Finland is set for tough times. Fortunately there can scarcely be a group of people better suited to withstand the cold.

World 04 May 2015 | 5:30 PM Premium

Finland's likely next PM seeks deal with euro-sceptical The Finns

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's likely next prime minister, Juha Sipila, said on Monday his Centre Party will make a special effort to find common ground with The Finns party, which wants a rebate on European Union payments and tighter restrictions on immigration, as he tries to put together a governing coalition.