Countries once fell over each other to gain membership of the exclusive euro zone club. But following four bailouts, the rich crowd now looks more like a liability.
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's face twisted into a wry smile when I asked him if he was waiting to see how the euro zone appears in several years' time before embracing the common currency.
Romania was scheduled to adopt the euro in 2012, then in 2015. Now it is anyone's guess.
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"We want to be prepared and competitive when we join the euro zone. I think 2018 to 2020 is a realistic target. We are following, in a cautious way, Poland, which is much more advanced than Romania in structural reforms," said Ponta.
Ponta also has his fingers crossed that the euro zone's medicine takes hold by the end of this decade. "We are expecting to see that all the measures have been taken to strengthen the euro zone and make it strong again, including all the regulation."