SPLIT THE EUROZONE: Weak France and Italy must be kicked out, blasts Germany’s AfD leader

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The southern European economies are not strong enough to be in the euro with Germany and should split to form a separate union, said Joerg Meuthen the co-leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD)

Austria, the Netherlands, Finland and Germany could then remain as a core euro group, so countries on the continent are better aligned by economies and cultures, added Mr Meuthen.

He said: “The euro is a seed of discord in Europe that has different currency cultures and different competitiveness levels.”

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The euro is too strong for the countries struggling with high debts and weak growth, according to Mr Meuthen.

And the bloc’s most troubled country Greece is so weak that it should go back to the drachma, said the AfD leader.

He said no other nation wants to share a currency with the crisis-hit nation.

The anti-immigration party has climbed to 15 percent in opinion polls ahead of Germany’s September election amid growing discontent with Angela Merkel’s policies.