Finnish Government Survives Confidence Vote Over EU Stimulus

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Finland’s government survived a confidence vote in parliament after being challenged by the opposition Finns Party over the European Union’s recovery plan.

Lawmakers voted 99 to 78 to back the government on Wednesday. None abstained and 22 were absent.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sanna Marin defended the 750 billion-euro ($900 billion) emergency stimulus in a debate in parliament, arguing that the package is a response to an exceptional global crisis.

Read more: Finnish Premier Defends EU Recovery Fund Before Confidence Vote

No-confidence motions are a common way in Finland to force parliamentary debate and allow opposition parties to be seen challenging the executive.

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