Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski, representing the rotating EU presidency, has issued the following warning to the members of the European Parliament:
"If the eurozone breaks up, the European Union will not be able to survive, with all the consequences that one can imagine."
To hammer home his point, Rostowski recounted a chance meeting with an old acquaintance at an airport last week. As they discussed the crisis, the minister said the man voiced fears of "war in the next 10 years".
"War! Ladies and gentlemen, those are the terms he used," Rostowski said, adding that the acquaintance said he was so fearful that he intended to seek US residency permits for his children.
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Polish PM Donald Tusk should seriously consider whether it is time to have a less embarassing representative in the group of European finance ministers.