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German FinMin says conditions for adopting euro should not be changed

  The conditions for adopting the euro should not be changed, because allowing even the smallest doubt to arise about the stability of the euro zone must be avoided, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbruck told MTI in an interview on Thursday, commenting on earlier proposals by Hungary and Poland to accelerate the process of joining the euro zone.

Steinbruck acknowledged the difficult situation Central and Eastern European countries are in because of the crisis and said they must be given assistance. The tools exist for assisting EU countries outside of the euro zone: international financial institutions play the most important role, but if it is about concrete assistance, then the EU also joins in, he added.

Steinbruck said he was closely following developments in Hungary, but said it was a matter of good form that good friends do not assess the other's performance in public. (MTI-Econews)