22:08 GMT26 January 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 49

    German and Greek relations turn sour as new survey reveals the majority of Germans think Greece should exit the Eurozone.

    Just over 50 percent of people in Germany would like to see a Grexit. Forty percent say Greece should remain in the Eurozone; and eight percent just aren't sure.

    It's not just negative public attitude — politicians have also joined in with the Grexit rhetoric.

    In an interview with Austrian reporters, Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany's finance minister, said he couldn't 'rule out' the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone.

    Schaeuble said the future of Greece in the hands of the Greeks, telling the press "and since we do not know exactly what the authorities in Greece will do, we cannot rule it out".

    According to the Financial Times, it's less ambiguous. Greece's official position is that it will stay in the euro. The Eurozone's finance ministers have all but almost agreed to extend Greece's bailout — but only if more reforms are implemented.

    However, there's little evidence of any oil being poured on the water.

    The German tabloid newspaper Bild is running a campaign against any more money being given to Greece. 'Nein' to bailout was printed on its front page.

    And in response to a recent threat made by Greece to send refugees to Berlin if crisis talks aren't held, German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has demanded that Greece explain the statement.

    Panos Kammenos told a meeting of his right wing independent party, Independent Greeks:

    "If they deal a blow to Greece, then they should know the migrants will get papers to go to Berlin."

    Later at an EU council meeting in Brussels, Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said: "We will ask very precisely what the official position of the Greek government is on this issue."

    The new survey conducted by the Politbarometer of the Mannheim Research Group comes just a few weeks after another survey suggested only 40 percent of Germans wanted to leave the Eurozone. The 'Grexit' rhetoric looks set to continue.


    Eurozone Has Created a Monster and Caused Greek Exit Chaos
    Eurozone: A Union of Democracies or Berlin's Backyard?
    Greeks Threaten to Kick-off Referendum Over Reforms
    Greek economy, EU membership, referendum, EU Council, Wolfgang Schaeuble, Thomas de Maiziere, Germany, EU, Brussels, Greece
    Community standardsDiscussion