Finland prepares for Euro-zone breakup
This is not good news by any stretch. But it is a prudent step. My guess, however, is it isn’t being well received in Brussels.
The Nordic state is battening down the hatches for a full-blown currency crisis as tensions in the eurozone mount and has said it will not tolerate further bail-out creep or fiscal union by stealth.
“We have to face openly the possibility of a euro-break up,” said Erkki Tuomioja, the country’s veteran foreign minister and a member of the Social Democratic Party, one of six that make up the country’s coalition government.
“It is not something that anybody — even the True Finns [eurosceptic party] — are advocating in Finland, let alone the government. But we have to be prepared,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“Our officials, like everybody else and like every general staff, have some sort of operational plan for any eventuality.”
We’ve talked about the cascade effect many times before. What normally causes that effect is some sort of tipping point. So far, it seems, Europe has avoided that tipping point. One has to wonder if it might be Finland that tips the scales. To this point, the subject of the Euro-zone breakup has been pretty much tip-toed around.
Now you have a country that is actively preparing for it and making those preparations public. Note too what they’re saying – Finland has said it “will not tolerate further bail-out creep or fiscal union by stealth.”
That’s pretty final.
Additionally, if such a plan should be put forward:
Like other member states, Finland has a veto that could be used to block any new bail-out measures. However, unlike some states, its parliament would have to approve each future measure of the eurozone rescue, including a full bail-out of Spain.
And, as you read the article, you’ll see that’s not very likely to happen.
So … hold on. My guess is the ride in Europe is about to encounter severe turbulence.