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Finland's government maker wants populist, euro-skeptic Finns Party in center-right coalition

  • The leader of the government negotiations, and next Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipila, right, with members of the next government, the Chairman of the National Coalition Party,  Alexander Stubb, left, and Chairman of the Finns Party, Timo Soini, give a press conference relating to the forming of the up-coming Finnish government at the parliament in Helsinki, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT

    The leader of the government negotiations, and next Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipila, right, with members of the next government, the Chairman of the National Coalition Party, Alexander Stubb, left, and Chairman of the Finns Party, Timo Soini, give a press conference relating to the forming of the up-coming Finnish government at the parliament in Helsinki, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • The leader of the government negotiations, next Finnish Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Center Party, Juha Sipila speaks during government negotiations at the parliament in Helsinki, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT

    The leader of the government negotiations, next Finnish Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Center Party, Juha Sipila speaks during government negotiations at the parliament in Helsinki, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

Finland's centrist prime minister-elect says he wants the populist Finns Party in a new three-member ruling coalition, the first time the anti-bailouts party would be in the government.

Center Party leader Juha Sipila, tasked with forming a majority government after his party's election victory last month, says he also wants the conservatives to join the talks on forming "a strong coalition" that would implement difficult reforms during the current recession.

The Finns Party, which wants Greece out of the eurozone and restrictions on immigration, won the second most votes in the April 17 election, ahead of the conservative National Coalition Party, which led the previous government.

Sipila said Thursday he will begin coalition talks on Friday, hoping to announce a new government by the end of the month.