Alex is unique in that he knows Europe from more or less all sides: Academia, the European Parliament, the European Commission, a national parliament and several important ministerial portfolios including prime minister. He served in the Finnish government at a time of unprecedented challenges to the EU, and always remained a calm voice of reason.

We need European solutions to our common European challenges. Alex will be an advocate for European solutions and responsible, transparent government. The EPP and the European debate need Alex and his vision and energy.