Finns Vote, Likely to Pick Opposition to Revive Economy

Voters are tipped to oust Finland's pro-European and pro-NATO prime minister in Sunday's election and put in power an opposition coalition that may include Eurosceptic nationalists, hoping it will revive the sagging economy. Opposition Centre Party leader Juha Sipila, who has backing of the urban middle class and rural conservatives, is expected to become prime minister of the euro zone country, succeeding Alexander Stubb of the centre-right National Coalition Party. Stubb, who favors NATO membership for Finland, has led a quarrelsome left-right coalition widely blamed for failing to revive the economy and curb public debt growth after three years of recession. According to the finance ministry, the Finnish economy is expected to grow just 0.5 percent in 2015.