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Pekka Haavisto, chairman of the Green League, and Jussi Halla-aho, chairman of the Finns Party, during an election debate in Helsinki in April, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

According to the Finns Party, Finland’s program for the presidency of the Council of the European Union is against the national interest.

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The Finns Party describe the program as “defective” and that “it accelerates the development of a federal state.” The party also criticizes the program’s lack of “managing problems such as a recurring migrant crisis.”

“Finland’s EU politics have always been naive,” Jani Mäkelä, member of the parliament of the Finns Party, said in a statement. “In this program, they have dropped the last remains of reason that were found in the parliamentary cooperation during the previous term,” he continued.

According to Mäkelä, climate action, which is the leading theme in the program, “does not in any way serve the national interest of Finland.” “They have highlighted values [climate change] but not that there are many fine cultures and national states that should not be destroyed with multiculturalism and globalism,” Mäkelä said.

Mika Niikko, another mp of the Finns Party, said that “there is a continuing threat for a new migrant crisis.” “How are we going to act so that another wave of migrants like in 2015 does not recur in Europe and in Finland?”

The Finns Party have previously criticized the new government for making illegal migration legal with measures such as granting work permits to asylum seekers who have been denied asylum in Finland.