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EU’s ‘Good Girls’ Can’t Keep Footing Debt Bill, Halonen Says

Europe’s top-rated economies like Germany and Finland need to stop paying for the fiscal sins of the euro region’s weakest members if the bloc is ever to have a “fair system,” Finnish President Tarja Halonen said.

“The good girls, like Finland and Germany, they are not the payers for the future,” Halonen, 67, said yesterday in New York in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Andrea Catherwood. “European citizens expect that there will be also a fair system inside the European Union and in the euro, and that’s why we have to have quite hard discipline.”