(Updates with more quotes from interview)
BERLIN Oct 2 The deputy leader of the Christian
Social Union (CSU), one of three parties in Chancellor Angela
Merkel's centre-right coalition, said on Sunday Greece may be
better off leaving the euro zone if it cannot restore its fiscal
Alexander Dobrindt told Deutschlandfunk radio that a Greek
exit from the euro would be a last resort measure and that
Greece would find it easier to recover outside the currency
"I believe it is a solution, if one wants to bring Greece
back into a economically stable competitive condition, that this
would be done outside the euro zone," he said, according to an
advance text of the interview to be aired on Sunday.
Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), and Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have spoken out against Greece
leaving the euro zone. Merkel has warned that or a Greek default
could trigger a domino effect
The Free Democrats (FDP), the third party in the
centre-right coalition, also has spoken out against a Greek exit
But Horst Seehofer, the leader of the arch conservative CSU,
has said he could not rule out Greece leaving the euro zone
. It is an increasingly popular stance among the
Dobrindt went further than Seehofer in the Deutschlandfunk
interview on Sunday, saying he believed that many Greeks
themselves would perhaps soon realise their country's fiscal
health could be more quickly restored outside the euro zone.
"It's quite possible that it's dawning on Greeks that
restructuring their economy outside the euro zone for a limited
time period would be easier than inside the euro zone," Dobrindt
said. "And that's why we've been saying: it must be possible to
leave the euro zone."
He added: "It must be possible to temporarily leave the euro
zone to restore the fiscal health and restructure the economy."
(Reporting By Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Robert Birsel)