Poland’s ruling coalition moved to show unity around Prime Minister Donald Tusk as prosecutors made arrests in a scandal over leaked recordings of top officials that put the country at risk of early elections.
Alexander Stubb, elected yesterday by his party to become Finland’s next prime minister, pledged to continue his predecessor’s program of budget restraint amid the nation’s deepest economic rut since the early 1990s.
Finnish austerity is drawing to a close as Antti Rinne, who’s joining the government after winning leadership of the Social Democrats, vows to push the coalition partners into agreeing to more stimulus for the ailing economy.
Poland’s Democratic Left Alliance seeks to balance the budget and help entrepreneurs, party leader Grzegorz Napieralski said, abandoning calls for higher social spending before a vote that may return the party to government.
Talks on forming Finland’s new government are still open to the Left Alliance as well as the Green Party, Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen said in Brussels today according to Finnish state-owned broadcaster YLE.
Marek Belka , who has worked for the International Monetary Fund and United Nations, will probably be confirmed tomorrow as governor of Poland’s central bank after the parliamentary finance committee backed him and opposition lawmakers signaled their support.