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    EU ‘Scaring’ Athens to Make Greeks Stay in Eurozone – NGO Head

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    The European Union is trying to scare Greeks into continuing to use the euro as a currency, amid media speculation about Greece's possible eurozone exit, the Director of the Bruges Group think tank told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — Earlier on Tuesday, a poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik revealed that 58 percent of Greeks polled would like to keep the euro.

    "The establishments within Europe and that pretty much dominate Greek politics are always spreading scare stories [about Greece exiting the eurozone]. Of course, they never actually look to the real scare story, the real nightmare which is staying with euro," Robert Oulds said.

    Speaking of the poll’s results, Oulds noted that "people are usually very conservative about whether they want to use the currency or not."

    The Bruges Group director stressed that Greece’s new currency would be weaker than the euro but that fact could benefit the country’s trade and tourism sectors.

    Greece was hard-hit by the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, leaving the country reliant on loans from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

    Years of speculation about Greece’s possible exit from the eurozone amid the country’s government debt crisis were fueled further by the recent election win by the anti-austerity Syriza party.

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