If I were an ultra nationalist and enjoyed bashing immigrants for fun and political profit, Finland is the country to be in today.
I could open my mouth and say almost anything I please no matter how offensive and absurd my statements would be to other cultures and groups. Nobody can call me a racist because I am only exercising my right to free speech and being “critical” of immigrants and immigration to this country.
In the process of “defending free speech” and requiring immigrants to follow new xenophobic laws, which I would never dare enforce on myself never mind my constituents, my popularity would soar to stellar heights. I could get a lot of votes by spreading distrust and hatred of people who are different from me.
There are so few immigrants in Finland, never mind Muslims and Roma from Romania and Bulgaria, that I can actually name those that I am bashing. The countries biggest dailies allow me to print my xenophobic statements because some of them stand behind, albeit silently, with what I say.
Yes, it is an excellent time to be an ultra-nationalist immigrant basher in Europe!