Leave the eurozone, Dutch populists say

The Netherlands should drop the euro and reintroduce the guilder, according to a study commissioned by the Freedom Party (PVV).

The eurosceptic party, led by anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders, says that the introduction of the euro has cost the Netherlands more than it has yielded. The Dutch gained 800 euros per head when the single currency was introduced, but it cost them 2700 euro each, the Freedom Party leader claimed in daily De Telegraaf on Saturday.

The publication of the study coincides with the start of complicated coalition negotiations aimed at cutting the national budget deficit, which is surpassing the European limit of 3 percent by 1.5 percent.

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