Most Germans want Greece to quit euro: poll

BERLIN Sun Feb 5, 2012 6:35am EST

Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos makes statements outside his office in Athens February 4, 2012. Greece has agreed with euro zone partners on how to recapitalise Greek banks after a planned bond swap, but has yet to resolve issues related to labour reform and spending cuts in talks with lenders, the country's finance minister said on Saturday.REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos makes statements outside his office in Athens February 4, 2012. Greece has agreed with euro zone partners on how to recapitalise Greek banks after a planned bond swap, but has yet to resolve issues related to labour reform and spending cuts in talks with lenders, the country's finance minister said on Saturday.

Credit: Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis

BERLIN (Reuters) - The majority of Germans feel the euro currency bloc would be better off if debt-crippled Greece left it, a poll published in mass-selling newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed on Sunday.

The Emnid poll said 53 percent of Germans surveyed thought Greece should return to its former currency, the drachma, while only 34 percent felt it should keep the euro.

Euro zone ministers had hoped to meet this coming Monday to finalize the second Greek bailout, which must be in place by mid-March to prevent a chaotic default, but the meeting was postponed because of reluctance in Athens to commit to reforms.

Without the austerity measures, which include cutting holiday bonuses and lowering the minimum wage in a country reeling from its fifth year of recession, the ministers say they cannot approve the 130 billion euro ($171 billion) rescue plan.

The Emnid poll said 80 percent of Germans surveyed opposes releasing the rescue package unless Greece implements the reforms.

(Writing by Brian Rohan; Editing by Will Waterman)

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Intriped wrote:
BERLIN (Reuters) – The majority of Germans feel the euro currency bloc would be better off if debt-crippled Greece left it, a poll published in mass-selling newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed on Sunday.

Feb 05, 2012 8:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
tbro wrote:
It’s seems clear that the government has created an entitled population with foolish monetary policies, and both it’s government and it’s citizens are unwilling to back down from an unsustainable lifestyle. Greece should be booted from the union and let the markets do what the rest of Europe seems unable to instill-financial discipline and a work ethic!

Feb 05, 2012 9:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ring around the rosy, pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes, and we ALL fall . . . . .down.

Feb 05, 2012 9:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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