Finland’s new President Stubb is sticking to the tough line against Russia

Finland’s new President Stubb is sticking to the tough line against Russia


AAlexander Stubb refrained from making triumphant gestures at the moment of his greatest political success. Instead, he was humble, calling the office of president bigger than any person and emphasizing unity. In the runoff election on Sunday, Stubb defeated Pekka Haavisto, making him the new president of Finland.

Julian Staib

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

Stubb has held many top political positions for Finland. He was finance and foreign minister, later prime minister. Cosmopolitan and extremely self-confident in his demeanor, he rarely minced his words back then.

People in Helsinki still remember how Stubb once came to an official appointment in shorts. This behavior, which was quite unusual for Finns, contributed to Stubb’s unpopularity as prime minister; The end of his political career in 2015 was welcomed by many.

He speaks fluent Swedish, French and German

Stubb, who belongs to the conservative National Coalition Party, moved to the European Investment Bank in Brussels and later to the European Institute in Florence. He seemed to have floated away from Finland. Stubb, who regularly takes part in triathlons, spent his student days in California, Belgium and London.

He has two children with his wife, a British lawyer. In addition to Finnish and Swedish (Stubb is part of the Swedish minority in Finland), he also speaks English, French and German.

Stubb often justified his return to Finnish politics with concerns about Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. It was precisely his internationality that he promoted in the election campaign. The president not only has representative functions in Finland, he also largely directs foreign policy and chairs the armed forces.

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