29 Jun '14, 5pm

Finland Appoints 'NATO Hawk' as New PM

Finland Appoints 'NATO Hawk' as New PM

HELSINKI — The appointment of Alexander Stubb, dubbed a “NATO hawk” by the opposition Finns Party, as Finland’s new prime minister has raised expectations that the non-aligned Nordic state will accelerate a path toward NATO. The strong pro-alliance leaning of Stubb, who was foreign minister in predecessor Jyrki Katainen’s Cabinet, has triggered anxiety among government and opposition parties that he will lead a major shift in Finland’s national security and defense policy. “Stubb is so pro-NATO and so right-wing. In essence, he is a radical, market liberal NATO hawk,” said Timo Soini, the chairman of Finland’s Perussuomalaiset (True Finns) party. “The National Coalition Party [NCP] is moving from conservatism to liberalism. It remains to be seen how this will affect Finland’s defense policy and relations with Russia.” However, Stubb’s appointment is being generally welcome...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140629/DEFREG01/3062...

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