Greece’s battle with Germany over bailout reforms shows no signs of abating and is getting intense, the international media has found.
Here’s a look at what some are reporting:
Germany Wants Greece To Perform Reform
The Wall Street Journal
Germany wants Greece to stay in the eurozone, but it is now in the hands of the government in Athens to honor its commitment to overhaul its economy, senior German government officials have said.
“The goal of the German government, the chancellor and the finance minister has been for years, since the outbreak of the crisis, to preserve the eurozone as a whole—with all its members—and to stabilize it,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday. “This remains our political goal: keeping Greece in the eurozone.”
He insisted that solving the Greek crisis isn’t a “private feud” or bilateral issue between Berlin and Athens, but a task between Greece and the eurozone.
The comments come after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in a television interview on Thursday evening that an unplanned Greek exit from the eurozone is possible, highlighting Germany’s growing frustration with Greece’s new leaders, who they say have done little to secure fresh eurozone and International Monetary Fund aid despite debt repayments due this month.
“As the responsibility, the possibility to decide what’s happening, is only with Greece and as we don’t exactly know what those in charge in Greece are doing, we can’t rule it [an unplanned Greek exit] out,” Schäuble said on Austrian broadcaster ORF during a visit in Austria.
Merkel’s Office Denies Feud With Greece
The Guardian -Heather Stewart
German chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman has denied a “private feud” has broken out between Berlin and Athens, as the radical Syriza government battles to avoid plunging out of the single currency – a risk euro-watchers have dubbed “Grexident”.
As Athens rushes to implement economic reforms and convince its creditors to extend emergency funding, Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s official spokesman, insisted Greece’s economic future should not be reduced to a face off between the two nations.
“I neither see a private feud nor do I view the whole issue of Greece and how it solves its problems as a bilateral German-Greek topic”, he said, reiterating that Merkel wants Greece to stay inside the single currency.
Tensions between Greece and Germany have been running high, after Syriza rekindled a row over war reparations to the Greek people earlier this week.
On Friday, France’s economics minister, Pierre Moscovici, said in a German magazine interview that a Greek exit from the euro would be a “catastrophe”, despite some analysts having sought to play down the consequences.
“All of us in Europe probably agree that a Grexit would be a catastrophe – for the Greek economy, but also for the euro zone as a whole,” he told Der Spiegel. “If one country leaves this union, the markets will immediately ask which country is next. And that could be the beginning of the end.”
Germans Want Greece out of Eurozone
More than half of Germans believe Greece should leave the eurozone, according to a poll published this morning.
The Politbarometer survey released by public broadcaster ZDF found 80% believe Greece is not acting in a reliable manner in its negotiations with eurozone partners.
The proportion of respondents who think Greece should stay in the currency union has fallen to 40% from 52% two weeks ago, while 52% now believe it should leave, up from 41%.
Only 11% now think the left-wing government in Athens is behaving in a trustworthy way in talks with its EU partners.
And o nly 14% believe the Greek government will actually implement the austerity and reform measures it has committed to, while 82% doubt it.
80% believe Greece should get no more bailout funds if it fails to follow through on its pledges, according to the survey conducted by the Mannheim Research Group.
The poll also confirmed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the country’s most popular politician, followed in second spot by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.
Ms Merkel and Mr Schaeuble have championed tough austerity and reform demands in return for aid to Greece, making them hate figures for many in Greece as the country has chafed under cutbacks and high unemployment.
Politbarometer surveyed by telephone 1,266 randomly selected voting-age Germans between Tuesday and yesterday.Source: The National Herald