Alexander Stubb has been elected as Finland’s new president, defeating independent candidate Pekka Haavisto in the run-off election. Stubb had been out of Finnish politics for seven years, having served as director of the European University Institute in Florence. He received 51.7% of the vote in the run-off when 98.3% of the votes were counted.
Stubb has had a distinguished career in European affairs, beginning as a councilor and then serving as an MEP in 2004. He later became Foreign Minister at age 40 and later served as Premier from 2014-2015 before taking on the role of Finance Minister in a center government. His return to Finnish politics was motivated by his country’s membership in NATO, which he has always supported.
In announcing his candidacy, Stubb emphasized the importance of working on an international system based on rules. He is also an avid sportsman and father of two children, with a British lawyer wife. Stubb believes that Finland must “go to the heart of NATO, producing and not just consuming security.”
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