REUTERS – JUSSI ROSENDAHL, TUOMAS FORSELL
Finland will leave the European Union and position itself as the Switzerland of the north to protect its independence if Laura Huhtasaari, the presidential candidate of the eurosceptic Finns Party has her way.
She also told Reuters in an interview she wants to tighten immigration rules.
Huhtasaari — dubbed “Finland’s Marine Le Pen” after France’s National Front leader — is a long-shot. But she believes she has a real chance in the January election as her party has taken a fresh start following its removal from the coalition government in June.
”The rise in Europe of parties that are critical towards the EU and immigration is due to bad, unjust politics,“ she said. ”The role for Finland in the euro zone is the role of a loser and payer…
“I do not want Finland to become a province of EU, Finns must stand up for Finland’s interests.”