Why radical-right populism will fail in Finland

by , under Enrique Tessieri

TOPLINE

After the historic election of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party in 2011, when it won 39 seats in parliament from 5 previously, two international events have kept in check the PS’ rise: the bloody 22/7 events that left seventy-seven dead in Norway, and Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol building in Washington.

After the historical rise of Islamophobia and anti-EU populism in Finland in the 2011 election, the fanfare suffered a blow when a white Norwegian, who cited PS leader Jussi Halla-aho in his manifesto, committed the worst attack on Norway after World War 2.

Like what happened in Washington this week, the horrific events in Norway served as a wake-up call.

It is no secret that many PS politicians have shown their admiration for US President Donald Trump and worn MAGA, and given thumbs up pictures to their public.

Far-right groups with ties to the PS like the Soldiers of Odin are huge Trump fans.

What happened in Washington on January 6 will impact negatively European radical-right parties like the PS.

KEY ISSUES

Even if the PS has fared well in parliamentary elections during the last decade, it has not increased its lead from about 18% it has received in the 2011, 2015, and 2019 parliamentary elections.

University of Helsinki Professor of legal history Jukka Kekkonen gave his analysis in an interview on MTV.

“The [storming of the Capitol building] events in the United States should be a big warning to us all that we must take lightly what happened,” said Kekkonen. “A more serious attitude is needed by the media and lawmakers concerning right-wing populist hate speech, which is essential to embarking on a new good path.”

Despite the horrific events in Oslo nine years ago and in the US capital less than a week ago, the greatest threat to the PS will be its radical political views that are mostly based on lies and alternate reality.

PS aims to turn Finland into a Hungary or Trump-style banana republic will fail.

  1. intternetnetsi

    You know that Breivik didn’t quote Halla-aho. He copypasted, as most of his “manifesto”, text of blogger who commented other blogger who commented translated blog text.

    Your texts are based on lies and alternative reality.