Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new President of Finland, after being away from Finnish political life for seven years. He won the run-off against his independent opponent, Pekka Haavisto, with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb has had a successful career in politics, serving as prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. In recent years, he has directed the European University Institute in Florence.
As a researcher in political science, Stubb has had an international-focused career, initially serving as a councilor and then as an MEP in 2004. He has previously been Foreign Minister and Premier, and has supported Finland’s membership in NATO. Stubb strongly believes in the importance of producing security rather than just consuming it, which is reflected in his strong stance on NATO membership and his commitment to building an international system based on rules.
Stubb is also a sportsman who has participated in grueling races like the “iron man.” As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, he is passionate about his country and its role in the international community. He believes that one of the most important tasks of the next presidential mandate will be to work on an international system based on rules that promotes peace and stability.
Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that he was honored to have been given this opportunity to serve his homeland once again. He was encouraged by Prime Minister Petteri Orpo’s invitation to return to Finnish politics after being away for seven years. Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and help shape Finland’s future role in the world community.
In conclusion, Alexander Stubb’s election as President of Finland marks an important milestone for Finnish politics and its continued focus on international relations. His background in political science and experience serving as prime minister will undoubtedly be valuable assets during his tenure as president, particularly when it comes to promoting peace and stability through rule-based systems.