One important and interesting point was made
by the British Conservatives today. It was in fact expressed some kind of satisfaction
with the situation in the euro area. Let me tell you that it is puzzling that you seem
to delight in the difficulties of the euro area and this is in stark contrast with the
position taken by your leader, Prime Minister Cameron. So a good effort will be in terms
of accountability to your public that you say the same thing here that you say in London….. I am also by the way very puzzled with the
ease with which some of you are recommending some member states to leave the euro. This,
once again is in complete contrast to the position taken by the PM of Britian, which
for instance at the G8 summit said it is in his national interest that Greece stays in the euro area. And when some of you are suggesting that the
problems of the economic situation in europe now are the result of the euro area and that
for instance you disapprove the big bailout programmes in the banking sector in the euro
area, let me just put the facts straight. The country by far that has been spending
money with the banking sector is Britain. More than any country in the EU….. The country in all the EU that
has been committing taxpayers money to save the financial sector has been by far Britain.
This is not a euro area problem. This is
a problem of the EU as a whole.