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Finnish eurosceptics gain local seats, keep pressure on PM

The anti-euro Finns Party has won around 12.8 per cent of votes in Finnish municipal elections held on Sunday, according to a preliminary count, keeping pressure on the pro-Europe government to take a tough stance on aid to euro zone states. The conservative National Party of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (photo), won the most seats with around 21.3 per cent of votes, closely followed by the Social Democrats with 20.8 per cent. The Finns Party finished fourth, behind another opposition party, the traditionally agrarian Centre Party, which won 20.2 per cent. While the election was for municipal seats, the slim lead of the top two parties showed government leaders must … Continue reading

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Finnish PM ‘shaken but not stirred’ by knife-wielding stranger

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen was unhurt after being confronted by a man with a knife during a pre-election rally in the western city of Turku, his aides said on Monday. A man talked to Katainen before pulling out a knife, Katainen’s spokesman Kari Mokko said. The man was immediately grabbed by Katainen’s security guards and taken away by police. “He pulled out a knife and he was close to the prime minister,” Mokko said. “The prime minister was unharmed and police in Turku are investigating.” Helsingin Sanomat’s online edition only described the attacker as a man with long hair. Public broadcaster YLE said the man dropped the knife on … Continue reading

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