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Iltalehti: Most Finns predict Eurozone decay

A poll conducted by the evening tabloid Iltalehti indicates that the Centre Party’s Juha Sipilä would make the most reliable Prime Minister in terms of EU issues. The survey also found that the majority of Finns believe the current Eurozone will disintegrate within the next five years.

Jutta Urpilainen
Finland's Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen took last place in the poll in terms of trustworthiness on EU issues. Image: Pekka Sakki / Lehtikuva

Around 60 percent of respondents said they felt that in five years’ time the Eurozone will not have retained its present shape. Over a third responded that the current form of monetary union would not survive past 2018.

Lassi Ojala, a research leader at Think If Laboratories, the body that conducted the poll, claims that Finns seem to expect the weaker European countries to drop out of the monetary union.

The University of Turku’s specialist researcher Erkka Railo says that the survey results reflect recent trends surrounding the EU debate. According to Railo, experts and the media have expressed strong criticism of Europe’s handling of the economic crisis. He believes that the survey’s results reflect public critique of the monetary union more than they do actual facts.

The paper’s poll also asked who was thought to be the best Prime Minister to direct Finland's EU policy, with Centre Party MP Juha Sipilä racking up support from 33 percent of respondents. Sipilä beat the current Prime Minister, the Conservative Party’s Jyrki Katainen, by  a two percent margin. SDP chairman, Jutta Urpilainen, was voted least trustworthy on EU issues, garnering only 15 percent of the vote, while Euro critic and True Finns leader Timo Soini scored 21 percent.

Think If Laboratories said that 3,573 people responded to the e-mail poll which was conducted this week. The survey has a margin of error of three percentage points in either direction.

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