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Finland's parliament to discuss leaving eurozone next year

Staff writer ▼ | November 18, 2015
Finland's parliament will debate next year whether to quit the euro, a senior parliamentary official said.
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The move is unlikely to end membership of the single currency but which highlights Finns' dissatisfaction with their country's economic performance. Despite the initiative, a Eurobarometer poll this month showed 64 percent of Finns backed the common currency, though that is down from 69 percent a year ago.

The decision follows a citizens' petition which has raised the necessary 50,000 signatures under Finnish rules to force such a debate, probably the first such initiative in any country of the 19-member euro zone.

The petition will continue to gather signatures until mid-January and it demands a referendum on euro membership, but this would only go ahead if parliament backed the idea.