German FinMin tells Greek leftist: reform or lose euro
BERLIN Jan 14 (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Greek leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras on Monday his country could only stay in the euro if the tough austerity programme set as a condition for financial aid was successfully carried out.
Schaeuble told Tsipras that "Greece could only stay in the euro if the adjustment programme was successfully implemented", said a German finance ministry source. "All involved must do justice to their joint responsibility."
Tsipras met Schaeuble for brief talks in Berlin and told him Germany-backed reforms being pursued by the Greek government had been a total failure, pushing up unemployment and poverty in his country.