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Germans wary of Greeks seeking gifts

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Germans wary of Greeks seeking gifts


Public opposition to any Greek bailout was pretty clear on the streets of Berlin today, although some saw it as a question of keeping Europe strong rather than refusing to help an irresponsible member state.

“We should wait and see if Greece can sort itself out or not, and then we can start to negotiate, so for now I would say no,” said one woman. However one man seemed more understanding.

“We’re an international community and it is important that we support each other. Yes, I think it would be important,” he said.

That second opinion may reassure Greeks living and working in Germany. They are following the crisis from afar, but maintain strong ties with home;

“There are always problems within families. Europe currently has a problem and we need to solve it. Germany is the stronger partner so it should help the weaker ones,” said a Greek cafe owner.

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