The Finnish election results will take a bit longer to sort out. Finnish public broadcaster YLE is projecting a narrow win (in parliamentary seats) for the National Coalition Party, with the Social Democrats running second and the surging True Finns running third. That’s one way to look at the election results.
The other way to look at the election results is to look at the last line in this chart, which tallies seats in Parliament gained or lost. The True Finns gained 34 seats. Everybody else lost seats. That’s the story of this election.
What does it mean? It means what True Finns leader Timo Soini says it means: the EU package to bail-out Portugal (as proposed) will not stand. Or, as he put it: “The package that is there — I do not believe it will remain.”
Unlike other EU member states, the Finns vote (up or down) on EU policy matters in Parliament.