Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairperson Jussi Halla-aho is on a roll: Heading south in opinion polls, he now wants Finland to ditch the euro “immediately.” That follows another demand: exit international refugee agreements so that no Muslims can seek asylum in Finland.
If Halla-aho, who is considered Finland’s number one racist politician, has his way, it will isolate the country in the same way as Hungary and help install a fascist state.
An old friend from New York who has lived in Finland for over forty years does not believe that the PS will ever have the opportunity to turn Finland into a Hungary.
“I look at it this way,” he said, “even if 17%-18% of people vote for this party it means that over 80% don’t.”
Moreover, for the PS to turn Finland into a fascist state based on ethnonationalism, they’d have to get a simple majority or 2/3 of the seats in parliament to change the constitution.
Even if people know that the PS is nothing more than racist and populist hot air, the ineptitude of the party will be their final judge and downfall.