HELSINKI, May 12 (Reuters) - Finland’s eurosceptic True Finns party is dropping out of talks to form a new government, its leader said on Thursday after disagreeing with the country’s top two parties over helping bail out Portugal.
“We will not take part in the government negotiations, with their stance. The views are so different, they aren’t compatible,” Timo Soini, the charismatic leader of the No. 3 party, told reporters.
Finland’s prime minister-elect, Jyrki Katainen, has secured support for the Portuguese aid package from the No. 2 party as well as smaller groups, gaining majority backing in parliament without support from the True Finns.
The True Finns took the most parliamentary seats in April elections after a campaign focused on criticising the European Union’s bailout plans, and were widely expected to join the new government.
Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Michael Roddy