Finland refuses to pay for other countries' debt: ministerHELSINKI — Finland has no intention of footing the bill to cover the debt of other countries in the eurozone, Finnish Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen said in a newspaper interview Friday.
"Collective responsibility for other countries' debt, economics and risks; this is not what we should be prepared for," Urpilainen told financial daily Kauppalehti.
The newspaper interpreted her comments as an indication that Finland would consider leaving the eurozone instead of agreeing to pay down the debt of other countries in the currency bloc.
"Finland will not hang itself to the euro at any cost and (is) prepared for all scenarios," Kauppalehti wrote.
Urpilainen's spokesman Matti Hirvola rejected that interpretation, insisting to AFP that "all claims that Finland would leave the euro are simply false."