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March 2, 2021

Finland warns against new ‘Berlin Wall’

Finnish European Affairs Minister Alexander Stubb warned Thursday against what he described as an attempt to erect a ‘’Berlin Wall’’ separating northern Europe from the debt-laden sout, according to thestandard.com.hk. “Europe was divided for close to 50 years between west and east and it is pointless to divide it today between the north and south. We do not want a new Berlin Wall,’’ the minister told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. Stubb, who firmly backs eurozone unity, made his statement three days after the leader of the nationalist, right-wing Finns Party, Timo Soini, suggested splitting the eurozone in two. Stubb said he was convinced that Greece would remain in the eurozone, and that Finland will not lose any money in its loans to Athens. “Greece will repay its debts. They are working towards the long term and we hope that they will get back on their feet,’’ he said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were due to meet yesterday evening in Berlin to discuss Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ request for some breathing space to implement austerity plans.

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