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As the German and French leaders met to discuss how to keep Greece in the eurozone some Germans seem indifferent to its fate.

A recent opinion poll show around 60 percent of them support Angela Merkel's opposition to stimulating growth in Europe through new borrowing and in a Berlin food market a commonly expressed feeling was that Germany's already given too much to Greece without getting anything back.

Flower seller Rudi Kalupa said: "I'm not worried about the situation in Greece. If they are not able to handle the euro, they have to leave the euro, as simple as that.

Vegetable seller Christine Neuendorf added: "I think Greece should leave the eurozone. We have to work hard here. We have to pay a lot of taxes and this and that and nobody ask us if we want all that."

But if Greece does leave the eurozone, Charles Dallara of the International Institute of Finance, who negotiated the Greek bond swap, said the damage to the rest of Europe would be "somewhere between catastrophic and Armageddon".

 
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Added: May-17-2012 Occurred On: May-17-2012
By: MB-UK
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Tags: greece, leave, euro, EU, crisis, germany, bailout, collapse, catastrophic, europe, france, italy, spain, portugal, ireland, PIIGS,
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  • Letting the greece into the euro was a big mistake in the first place. And how did they get into the euro? They faked their national balance sheet with the help of Goldman Sachs banksters. So I suggest 2 things: Kick the greek out of the euro, and then jail each and every goldman sachs employee for life. And stripp off all their assets. And give them to the other eu countries who transfered already billions to greece.

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    • @hhhhhaaaaa
      this is true, but lot of people made lot of money, from the banks, to the corrupt politicans, to our german companies export this expensive shit to the south.. now the normal citizens pay the bill for this, here in the north and in the south, next countries will fail after: 1.portugal, 2.spain, then 3. italy

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  • The Germans and Greeks are good buddies.
    Their friendship goes back to the early 1940s.

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  • The problem is even if they stay nothing will change...It will take decades to change all the aspects of the inefficient government - institutions + control tax-evasion etc.
    They won't be able to pay back their debts. And to break down the citizens with supra taxing (considering that they are not used to it) is crazy.
    On the other hand I don't think that it is alright that greece could get all their debts erased, considering the large amount of money they owe to states like France and Germany.
    S More..

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  • Listen I am good with the German attitude towards Greece. Greece is just a welfare bitch trying to game the system to keep getting shit for free.

    Germany is like the hard working people being taxed and having their tax monies given to some lazy fuck that can’t or won’t manage their own business, and expects someone else to pick up the tab.

    Kick Greece off of the currency and kick the lazy bastards off of welfare, WIC and free shit too.

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  • Dismantle the whole zone, write it off in the history books as failed experiment and go on.

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  • The Euro is doomed. It's always been a bad idea for so many reasons.

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  • USA is for years traying to crash EURO,and they have ther dog her in EU doing ther vuf vuf vuf good dog

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  • Goodbye Athens it's been nice,
    Hope you find your paradise

    Tried to see your point of view
    Hope your dreams will all come true.

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  • I still haven't heard a convincing explanation for why this would be a big problem problem for anyone but Greece. Seems to me the EU would shed a major debt burden and it would strengthen the US dollar. Sure, the Euro might take a brief hit, but I don't quite see the need for the "sky is falling" hysteria.

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  • Greece had no right being in the Euro in the first place. They werent qualified. They cooked the books to get in. So with that said, They should leave. Most of Europe knew it at the time but allowed them in. Why you ask? Well, Greece would have to borrow at some point..no? Money would be lent with interest.
    Before greece entered the EU it was very close to being a 3rd world country.
    So the people didnt really have money to spend. They had their drachma and it was fine.
    Let me give you a clearer More..

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  • Greece must leave the euro, because his problem is not just a problem of excessive debt, but also a problem of insufficient competitiveness.


    First advantage to leave the euro area: Greece could devalue its new currency.
    Its products would then be cheaper to export, and this would boost its production and therefore growth.

    But if Greece leave euro now France lost 50 billion euros (loans from France to Greece, and the amount that France must pay to the IMF and the ECB if Greece does not repay More..

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  • This is the similar to the problem happening with California here in our side of the pond.

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  • There us a reason they are stall holders.

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  • that was fast

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  • why we can be sure they are off now ?
    because the mainstream (propaganda) media tells this too,
    if they tell, that greece is in bankrun now (700-900 mill euro)
    and perhaps will leave..they leave.. be sure

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  • fuckin greek cunts they want it good all the time with no negatives(austerity measures)like the rest of europe

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  • this euro shit has turned out to be 1 big fuckin joke and disaster

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  • 2020 is the year that Greece's economy wills stand at its own but personally I hope Greece will get out eventually of this stupidity as euro zone is. It’s going to be fun anyways to see the planet ...between catastrophic and Armageddon...

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  • Bulldoze it flat before doing anything else.

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  • I expect Greece is just the first Euro nation to get into this situation. Ireland and Portugal don't seem too far behind them and when a large country like Italy or Spain goes bankrupt we are all in the shit. What a disaster.
    On the plus side I am going to be stinking rich when I exchange my pounds for holiday Euro's this summer. May as well make the most of it while I can, I expect my great,great,grandchidren will still be paying for this giant cock up.

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  • They couldn't even wait to get the next series of bailout packages. This
    country even does shitty, shitty.

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  • Hehehehehe Hoohoohohhoho haahhhaaaahhhahahahaha

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  • Screw what the people think...look at where that got the Greeks last week.

    Exceptional times require leadership, decisiveness, and strong policy makers.
    Germany needs to issue Eurobonds now and take sovereign debt off the table...yes, that means the end of Germany as a sovereign, democratic nation, but didn't they love all of that lovey, wovey get together EU stuff any way?
    Without that, years of global depression ahead...

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  • ran out of other peoples money...stupid socialist cattle.

    its going to be fun watching europe return to the dark ages. ;)

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