The Finns Party: Euroscepticism, Euro Crisis, Populism and the Media

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The Finns Party: Euroscepticism, Euro Crisis, Populism and the Media


  • Juha Herkman Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland


Abstract  In many European countries, populist right-wing parties have been most noticeable representatives of Euroscepticism. In Finland, the Finns Party (Perussuomalaiset) has been a constant promoter of organisational Euroscepticism through its leader, Timo Soini. The party broke through in Finland’s ‘big bang elections’ of 2011, when the most debated issue was the European economic crisis, which was dominated by Eurosceptic Soini. Research concerning the relationship between the media, populism and Euroscepticism usually focus on national or European Parliament elections. This study analyses the media portrayal of the Eurosceptic Finns Party during times other than elections, focusing on the Finland’s overall Euro crisis press coverage in 2010–2012. The analysis shows that the populist Finns Party has been a minor player in that coverage, which was dominated by the Euro positive political and economic elites. Differences between newspapers indicate that journalistic routines and political context direct media coverage toward particular framings, even when the media proclaims itself politically independent and neutral.


Keywords  Euro Crisis; Euroscepticism; Finland; frame analysis; media; populism


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v5i2.803


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