Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won the presidential election yesterday. During the campaign, he promised to make good use of the country’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which it had received for supporting the Russian–Ukrainian war the previous year.ukraine,
The Finnish National Broadcasting Company (YLE) reported that according to the final vote results, Stueb of the National Coalition Party won 51.6% of the votes, defeating the Green Party candidate and former Foreign Minister, who received 48.4% of the votes. Pekka Haavisto. Stuebe will become the next President of Finland on March 1.
Reuters reported that the centre-right Stuebe, 55, was a former foreign minister andinvestThe banker, who will be responsible for foreign and security policy in the future, represents Finland.natoConference and became Supreme Commander of the Finnish Armed Forces.
He told Reuters before the election that “it is very important for Europe to take care of its defence” and agreed with current President Sauli Niinistö that “we need a more European NATO.”
Winning the presidential election also marked Stueb’s return to Finnish politics, ending his years abroad as Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Director of Transnational Management at the European University Institute.
Supporters describe him as multilingual, pro-European, and fiscal conservative; Stubb calls himself a liberal.
He told Reuters he would be “in many ways a Western president” and would favor the United States, Britain and Nordic neighbors when setting his foreign policy. He also said that he would “put no limits” on Finland’s support for Ukraine.
“My starting point is to borrow a phrase from (former European Central Bank President) Mario Draghi: Whatever it takes,” Stuab said.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 prompted Finland to abandon its decades-old military non-alignment policy and join NATO in April 2023.
During the campaign, Stuab said that Finland should become an active member of NATO and called for NATO troops to be deployed in Finland. He also said that he would be willing to allow nuclear weapons to be transported through Finland, but not stored in Finland. He once said during a debate: “Sometimes nuclear weapons are a guarantee of peace.”
Johanna Vuorelma, a political scientist at the University of Helsinki, pointed out that in the eyes of many Finns, the well-informed Stubbs is a representative figure of Helsinki’s social elite. “Many familiar faces and well-known figures in the business community have given Stubb their full support.”
However, during the election campaign, Stuebe gave speeches praising Finland’s social democratic welfare in an attempt to change his image, Vuirirma said.
Stuab served as a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008. He then returned to Finland and began working in domestic political circles. He served successively as the head of several ministries, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs and Minister of External Affairs. Minister of Trade, and Finance., and served as Prime Minister from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the National United Party from 2014 to 2016 and lost the party chairman election in 2016, but he is still a member of the party today.
Personally, Stubb is an athletic and triathlon champion, and has previously stated that he will reduce his exercise time after taking office. He and his British-born lawyer wife Suzanne Innes-Stubb have a son and a daughter, both adults.