Sanna Marin, acclaimed in the European Parliament, calls for unity against Russian "blackmail"

The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, avoided this Tuesday in Strasbourg acting as the international feminist icon that she has become despite herself this summer and tiptoed over the reactions of sexist hatred and solidarity received as a result of the leak of two private videos.

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14 September 2022 Wednesday 07:33
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Sanna Marin, acclaimed in the European Parliament, calls for unity against Russian "blackmail"

The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, avoided this Tuesday in Strasbourg acting as the international feminist icon that she has become despite herself this summer and tiptoed over the reactions of sexist hatred and solidarity received as a result of the leak of two private videos.

Although numerous deputies took the opportunity to express their support, Marin avoided the subject and focused her speech before the plenary session of the European Parliament on the mistakes made by Europe with Russia, the need to "break" with Moscow's energy dependency and the historic step that has given under your leadership your country to apply for NATO membership.

“More than ever, we need unity, because Russia is using energy as a weapon against Europe. Blackmailing our societies with security of supply is a way to erode our support for Ukraine and break our unity, but Putin will not succeed,” Marin said. Europe, blinded by cheap gas, "misjudged" the Russian president, must now draw conclusions and speed up the energy transition. "Putin is going to lose this war, Russia is going to be poorer, and Finland and Sweden will be members of NATO."

In her reply, Marin avoided presenting her case as an example of sexism, choosing instead simply to applaud the growing "diversity" in political life. “This way we can make better decisions”, proclaimed the Finnish Prime Minister, held back at the end of her speech by MEPs – most of them women – who wanted to take selfies with her. Only when the press asked her what she would say to girls who want to be politicians like her, did she assume the profile of her feminist icon, unhelpful in the tense national debate: "You are capable, you are strong, do it."

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