Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Just End It All, Russian Oligarch Tells Eurocrats

REUTERS: European leaders grappling with the euro zone debt crisis have an unsolvable problem that will lead to economic decline and a loss of manufacturing power to rivals, one of Russia's most powerful businessmen said on Tuesday.

"If I was a politician in Europe, I would commit suicide," said Vladimir Potanin, who owns a 30-percent stake in Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.MM), the world's largest nickel and palladium producer.

"There is really such a big difference between the interests of different countries, I simply do not understand how you can match the interests ofGermany and Greece," said Potanin, who is ranked by Forbes as Russia's fourth richest man with a fortune of $17.8 billion. » | Andrew Callus | Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by Jane Merriman | Tuesday, September 13, 2011