by Stephen Mangan
August 17, 2012
This story was corrected to fix
attribution of some quotes to opposition party head
European leaders must prepare for the
possibility that the euro zone breaks up, Finland's foreign minister,
said in the Daily Telegraph on Friday.
Tuomioja said Finnish officials have prepared for the break up of the single
currency with an "operational plan for any eventuality."
"It is not something that anybody - even the
True Finns (a Eurosceptic opposition party) - are advocating in Finland,
let alone the government. But we have to be prepared," Tuomioja was
quoted as saying.
"Our officials, like everybody else and like every general staff, have
some sort of operational plan for any eventuality."
"This is what people are thinking about everywhere," said Tuomioja. "But
there is a consensus that a euro zone break-up would cost more in the
short-run or medium-run than managing the crisis."
The article also quoted Timo Soini, head
of the Finns Party who said Finnish taxpayers were angry.
"There are no rules on how to leave the
euro, but it is only a matter of time. Either the south or the north
will break away because this currency straitjacket is causing misery for
millions and destroying Europe's future," Soini was quoted as saying.
"It is a total catastrophe. We are going to run out of money the way we
are going. But nobody in Europe wants to be first to get out of the euro
and take all the blame," he said.
Finland, which has a veto that could be used to
block any new bailout measures, has insisted on collateral from both Greece
and Spain in exchange for rescue loans.