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Finnish parties unveil EU election candidates, Soini quits politics
The number of so-called 'double candidates' indicates that the parties have had difficulties attracting enough candidates for the back-to-back elections, says University of Helsinki political science researcher Antti Ronkainen.
[utgoing foreign minister Timo] Soini co-founded the nationalist Finns Party, the second largest bloc in the new Finnish Parliament, but left the party two years to join the breakaway Blue Reform party - which did not win a single seat in last weekend's election. The party has vowed to press ahead anyway, but suffered a blow as Soini announced in a Thursday blog post that he is leaving politics.
The rumor has been for a long time that ever since Mr. Soini became foreign minister, he gave up his party ambitions. As a populist that was the zenith of his career. Even more so now that his party was taken away from him.
Of course the Blue Future was hoping to get him on the list, since in our system being elected to EU parliament doen't mean you have to take the position. This is why many well recognized members of Finnish parliament are also running for EU parliament -- they are running only to get votes for the party and make sure the "real candidate" gets the seat. Even if it means refusing a seat.
Now it's even more complicated, because the big names in many parties are hoping for ministerial positions in Finland and won't commit to EU. On the other hand, the parties are afraid people are not interested in voting again so soon, so they need the big names in campaign.
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