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One happy European family? 50% of Germans would like to see a Grexit

50% of the German population want to give Greece das boot from the EZ.

Three possible options, maybe more, but here are my three that come to mind…

  1. Greece stays in the Eurozone, and the can gets kicked down the road a little bit longer. Animosity between Greeks and Germans festers to a breaking point.
  2. Greece leaves the Eurozone in an orderly fashion with all sides making compromises in what can be described as an amicable divorce. Hysteria in financial markets is contained and fall out is limited. Greece eventually, with help from EU and others, gets back on its feet.
  3. A messy, “War of the Roses” style divorce. Greece gets pummelled, the Eurozone disintegrates, all hell break loose.

Via Sputnik News Agency:

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.

References:

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150313/1019459224.html

French lifestyle magazine spread shows Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, living the good life

Greek Finance Minister Panos Kammenos tells Germany’s Bild that if Greece leaves Eurozone then the EU House of Cards falls apart