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Greece proving slippery for Merkel

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Greece proving slippery for Merkel


The debt problems in Greece are weighing increasingly heavily on the German chancellor Angela Merkel.

From within her own coalition and from ordinary voters, there is a growing chorus questioning why Germany should help pay for Greek debt.

She maintains Greece must be saved, but her own economy minister, from the liberal FDP party has floated the idea of letting the country go bankrupt.

There are rumblings on the streets of the capital too.

Berlin resident Raffaela Nidel said: ‘We can’t pick everybody up. Germany has to look at their own country because we have many problems in our country.”

Hannelore Wolfmann added: ‘I am a European at heart so I tend towards keeping the bail out plans alive and helping Greece, but on the other hand I don’t know what the consequences will be for us.’

There is also opposition growing to Merkel’s plans in the parliament, and if a crucial vote goes against her at the end of the month, it could undermine her ability to lead Europe’s biggest economy.

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