Back in 2011, opposition to European bailouts for flagging eurozone countries forced the Finns Party to take up residence in opposition, rather than sit as part of Jyrki Katainen’s coalition government.
In 2015, the Finns Party may have another chance to join the post-election administration. Party leader Timo Soini said if he does make it into the cabinet the party will have the power block Finland from participating in further rescue packages.
“Last time Matti Vanhanen’s Centre-led government began this bailout policy, but during the current government’s term all of the Centre MPs in (Parlaiment's) EU Affairs Committee have joined the Finns Party in voting against bailout packages. If the Centre Party maintains its position then together the Centre and the Finns parties will form a majority on this matter,” Soini said, speaking on Yle’s Ykkösaamu discussion programme Saturday.
Soini acknowledged that his party would still need to perform well in April’s general election. But he has already prepared voting guidelines for his parliamentary group.
“Finns party MPs will not vote for a third Greek bailout. Then we will see who becomes the Prime Minister and what kinds of conclusions we arrive at, but we will not continue these kinds of immoral policies,” Soini said, referring to the possibility of eurozone members extending further financial relief to help the Greek economy get back on its feet.
Back in February Finland already gave its approval to a list of reform proposals tabled by the new anti-austerity government in Greece. The government wants to renegotiate the terms of its outsized debt to alleviate the economic pressure on ordinary citizens.