“If she drank more vodka than usual and danced, that’s okay!”: The Polish head of state supports Finland’s party-loving Prime Minister Sanna Marin and says he is “very happy that she shared some joy with us”.
- Sanna Marin made headlines around the world after being filmed at a night out
- The married 36-year-old insisted that she could leave her hair down
- Now her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki has jumped to her defense
- He said she has good reason to celebrate because her country is joining NATO
The Polish leader today defended Finland’s party-loving prime minister and said he was “very happy” to see her enjoying an evening.
Sanna Marin has made headlines around the world after she was caught on video having a loud night out on the town with friends.
She insisted yesterday that “everyone needs a fun and relaxing evening” and that she should be allowed to unwind after spending most of her time juggling the responsibilities of governing and being a mother.
The 36-year-old, who is married, added that “nothing inappropriate” happens in the clip of her dancing hip-to-hip with male pop singer Olavi Uusivirta at 4am in Helsinki nightclub Klubi, saying that her only regret was that “private” videos had made it into the public domain.
Ms Marin said she also underwent a drug test to prove her innocence after more footage was taken earlier in the evening and leaked yesterday of her dancing with friends inside a house while someone shouted “meal gang” in the background.
“Flour” is a Finnish slang often used for cocaine. Ms Marin said she had never used drugs in her life and had seen no one using them on the night in question, which spanned from the evening of August 6 into the early hours of Sunday 7th.
Now her Polish counterpart has jumped to her defense, insisting she had good reason to go out and celebrate because her country is joining NATO.
Sanna Marin is under renewed pressure today over a wild night earlier this month after footage emerged showing her dancing intimately with a mystery man at a nightclub
Ms Marin dances in white jeans (centre) with friends at Klubi, an upscale nightclub attached to a restaurant complex in central Helsinki
Ms Marin said she also underwent a drugs test to prove her innocence after more footage was captured in the evening, leaked yesterday, showing her dancing with friends at a house while someone in the background was ‘flour gang’ shouted.
Now her Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki has jumped to her defence, insisting she had good reason to go out and celebrate because her country is joining NATO
“The prime minister has reason to be happy because Finland has joined NATO,” Mateusz Morawiecki said at a news conference when asked about the videos.
“Well, if the Prime Minister of Finland drank a little more Finlandia (vodka) on that occasion and danced because of it, that’s not a bad thing.”
NATO’s 30 allies last month signed the accession protocol for Sweden and Finland, allowing them to join the nuclear-armed alliance once all member states ratify the decision.
Poland has strongly supported Finland’s membership in the Alliance.
Morawiecki is an economist and historian who was heavily involved in anti-communist movements in his youth and has served as Poland’s prime minister since 2017.
In a recent scathing op-ed, he accused the European Union of “imperialist” behavior towards smaller member states.
In the article, published on German news website Welt, Morawiecki claimed that the EU’s most powerful nations sat behind the cloak of democracy and instead governed the European bloc as members of an “oligarchy”.
“Political practice has shown that the positions of Germany and France count more than any other… So we are dealing with a formal democracy and a de facto oligarchy where the strongest are in power,” he explained.
The prime minister, whose nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over rule of law issues, also said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the EU’s shortcomings.
In a similar article published in The Spectator, Morawiecki argued that if other EU member states copied Germany’s behavior, Russia would have already seized Ukraine and would use the gas supply to threaten all of Europe.
“If all of Europe followed the voice of Germany … the continent’s dependence on Russian gas – which Putin now uses as a tool of blackmail against Europe – would be almost irreversible,” he said.
“If Europe had sent arms to Ukraine to the same extent and at the same pace as Germany, the war would have ended long ago: with Russia’s absolute victory.”