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Finland: a tough Nordic accountant that is caught up by reality

Jonker-Hoffrén, Paul (2013) Finland: a tough Nordic accountant that is caught up by reality. Euro Crisis in the Press (22 Jun 2013). Website.

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Finland is a quite unlikely country to play a prominent role in policy-making around the Eurocrisis. It is, after all, a small country of just over 5 million inhabitants on the (geographical) fringe of the European union. But the country has two assets that propelled it to center stage in recent years: a triple-A status and a low debt-to-GDP ratio. Finland also had its own ‘our man in Brussels’, i.e. Commissioner Olli Rehn. Together with Germany, Austria and the Netherlands Finland has been instrumental in shaping the response to the Eurocrisis that began with troubles in Greece in 2008. One particular aspect of Finland’s ‘toughness’, the collateral demanded from Greece and Spain, including the domestic political discussions about this exceptional demand, is left out here, because it requires special attention.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 23:17

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