November 16, 2015
In a country of 5 million people, 50 thousand is a lot of signatures.
A campaign for Finland to leave the Eurozone has gained more than 50,000 signatures for its proposal, the number of votes that forces parliament to debate its proposal for a national referendum on the issue.The petition was organized by Finnish MEP Paavo Vayrynen, a veteran politician and former presidential candidate from the Center Party, who has also served as a Finland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
It requests parliament to order a national referendum on the Eurozone, of which Finland is a founder member. In 1998 Finnish parliamentarians decided to join the single currency, and the following year the euro replaced the markka, Finland’s currency since 1860.
“The euro area has not developed as was presented to the parliament in 1998. Affiliation with it has caused financial loss to Finland, unemployment and bad government deficit,” the European Citizen’s Initiative reads.
“Member states in distress are being financially supported in a way that violates the EU Treaties. These support mechanisms are being strengthened, and put in place on a permanent basis. The euro area decision making system is being changed in a way that would essentially reduce the economic and state independence of Finland.”
In the future, the map of Europe is going to look like this.