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A country must be able to leave the eurozone, Dutch PM repeats

Thursday 24 January 2013

Prime minister Mark Rutte has again said it should be possible for a country to leave the eurozone.

Asked about Greece during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, Rutte said: ' I believe our aim should be to have the whole eurozone intact'.

However, Reuters quotes Rutte as saying, 'at the same time, you can never predict whether some country may want to leave the eurozone. I think that should be possible.'

Rutte also called on countries such as Britain, Denmark and Sweden to be 'very active' within the EU. These countries have clear ideas about how to get the EU's growth motor working again, the Dutch prime minister said.

Rutte also repeated the Dutch government standpoint that it is of 'vital importance' that Britain remains within Europe. Leaving the EU would turn the country into an isolated island somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean between Europe and the US, he said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Rutte isn't too great at geography. It may well become isolated, but as an Island, Britain still wouldn't be "somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean."

By Darren | 24 January 2013 3:53 PM

Someone needs a geography lesson. Britain refers to a collection of islands plus a portion of Ireland. It would need to detach itself from Eire, pull up anchor and (pulling all its islands along together) float a loooong way before it is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Which dimwit made the comment?

By jaycee | 24 January 2013 5:05 PM

A country must be able to leave the eurozone, Dutch PM repeats. Prime minister Mark Rutte is a smart man, you should be proud.

By Terence Hale | 24 January 2013 5:10 PM

Any country should have the right to leave the Euro Zone... but, once they do they should not be allowed back.

By Quince | 24 January 2013 10:32 PM

I think he was talking metaphorically when he said in the middle of the Atlantic. Anyway, midway between Europe and USA is the perfect place to be. Deal with both but keep independence.

By john | 25 January 2013 5:21 AM

Judging, by their recent economic forecast for 2013, I would say, that, from a financial perspective, they are presently located, "right in the middle of the smelly stuff".

By Highlander | 25 January 2013 8:02 AM

I know he was probably using the "middle of the Atlantic" at a metaphor, alluding to our pre-occupation with the non-existent special relationship some of us think we have with the US. I was just being pedantic.

By Darren | 25 January 2013 9:58 AM

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