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Dutch PM on Greece: “It should be possible for a country to leave the euro zone”

OK, let’s start the Greek euro exit discussion again. We have nothing else to do and no serious issue to deal with. So let’s start the panic triggering discussion again, especially now that The Netherlands has assigned its own finance ministry as head of the Euro group…

“Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, questioned about Greece, said on Thursday it should be possible for a country to leave the euro zone.

Rutte was asked on a World Economic Forum panel in the Swiss resort of Davos whether it was now certain that no countries would be leaving the single currency area after euro zone leaders agreed last year to further aid for Greece in return for draconian austerity measures and structural reforms.

“I believe our aim should be to have the whole euro zone intact,” he said. “At same time, you can never predict whether some country may want to leave the euro zone. I think that should be possible.” (Reuters)

Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte tries to locate Greece

Mark rutte is chairman of Dutch “Liberal Party”.

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3 comments

  1. First: Mark Rutte is not the chairman of that party. That’s some other guy. He is the leader of that party.
    Second: Mark Rutte has big problems in his own country. For one, since the last elections he is suddenly perceived by a sizeable part of the population as a liar and not to be trusted. And he saw the fortunes of his party change a bit for the better only after he disappeared out of the limelight for a couple of weeks.
    What better way to try a comeback then to shout something about Greece? Sadly for him though, his remarks were nowhere to be read, until this moment in the late afternoon, on Dutch news-portals. He will have a second change in the two big news-broadcasts at 19.30 (RTL) and 20.00 (NOS)… 😉

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    lol
    thanks for the info and sorry for the mistake.

  3. “At same time, you can never predict whether some country may want to leave the euro zone. I think that should be possible.”

    What is this guy on about? It is possible for a country to leave if it wants to. All you do is kiss goodbye and slam the door. And cause a lot of mayhem in the process. There is however no rule that states a country can’t leave.
    There is no mechanism in the whole set-up to facilitate a few countries ganging up on somebody else and putting that country out.
    Different thing alltogether…