The Financial Times also reports that Stubb has endured a difficult start to his tenure as Prime Minister: The Finnish economy is in recession – or in depression, according to some economists. Meanwhile, sanctions both by and against Russia are sweeping over Finnish industries.
Experts interviewed by the newspaper estimate that the Government of Stubb may not survive until the parliamentary elections in April. Stubb, in contrast, expressed his confidence in the survival of his five-party coalition, pointing out that his Government merely implements decisions taken over the past few years. “We have eight months left. I will be damned if we go down when all we have to do is implement these decisions,” he assured.
Jukka Tarkka, a historian specialising in post-war Finland, views that Stubb represents a new brand of leadership in Finland. “It will be interesting to see how people react to it,” he said, describing the style of Stubb as easy-going.
“Young people like that but I'm not sure it appeals so much to the rank and file of his party,” Tarkka told the Financial Times.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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