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LSE alumnus is made foreign minister of Finland

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MEP Alexander Stubb has been selected by the National Coalition Party of Finland as the new minister for foreign affairs.

Alexander Stubb is an LSE alumnus, having completed his PhD in the International Relations Department under the supervision of Professor Lord William Wallace in June 1999. His thesis was on Flexible Integration and the Amsterdam Treaty: negotiating differentiation in the 1996-97 IGC.

Lord Wallace said: 'LSE has had a number of extremely bright Finnish students in recent years - but Alex was one of the most outstanding. We're delighted at his promotion.'

Mr Stubb has served as a Member of the European Parliament since 2004 and replaces Ilkka Kanerva as minister for foreign affairs.

Read more about his work here http://www.alexstubb.com/|

Press cuttings

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland (9 April)
The making of a Foreign Minister
Article about the new Finish foreign minister Alexander Stubb, who wrote his doctoral dissertation at LSE. http://www.hs.fi/english/article/The+making+of+a+Foreign+Minister/1135235419719|

Top News, India (4 April)
New Finnish foreign minister sworn in
The author of nine books, he was awarded a doctorate in international politics at the London School of Economics in 1999.

Helsingin Sanomat (2 April)
Alex Stubb is too smart to make trouble
Stubb managed to complete his doctorate not long after turning thirty. And not from any old second-rate school, either: he has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Newsroom Finland, Finland (1 April)
Finnish Conservatives name Stubb foreign minister
With a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Mr Stubb is an EU scholar at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Islamic Republic News Agency
Finnish foreign minister replaced in text messages scandal
According to the Finnish news agency, his 40-year old replacement previously was an aide to former EU commission president Romano Prodi and has a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

8 April 2008