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Anti-euro populists surge in Finnish poll

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Anti-euro populists surge in Finnish poll


An anti-euro populist party has made dramatic gains in Finland’s parliamentary election, crimping its pro-Europe government and raising the risk of disruptions to Portugal’s EU bailout.

With 38 percent of ballots counted, the centre-right ruling National Coalition Party is in front with 20 percent. But its leader, Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen is almost certainly going to have to form a coalition.

The current largest governing party, the Centre Party of Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi is set to come fourth in the vote, reflecting its massive slide in popularity.

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