Majority of Germans oppose aid for Greece: poll

16:55, March 31, 2010      

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Over two thirds of Germans are against their country's involvement in any aid package for debt- laden Greece, a latest poll conducted by the Forsa Institute for German weekly Stern showed Tuesday.

The survey, covering 1,004 people and made on Wednesday and Thursday last week, found 68 percent of respondents opposed to Germany's contribution to help Greece tide over its fiscal crisis, with 28 percent supporting a financial aid package for Athens.

Although some European countries, such as Greece, Spain and Portugal, are facing huge deficit, 53 percent of respondents saw the euro as a stable currency, as 44 percent worried about the euro's future, whose stability might be eroded by increasing poor- balanced eurozone countries.

European leaders last Thursday agreed on a rescue plan proposed by France and Germany, saying that the 16 eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would provide a financial aid package to Greece if it failed to raise money on markets.

However, the survey confirmed the public's wide opposition on Germany's participation in aiding Greece, which remained the same since the beginning of the Greek debt crisis, and gave Chancellor Angela Merkel more pressure on carrying out such possible bailout plans in the future, some analysts said.

Merkel's centre-right coalition is to face a critical regional election of North Rhine-Westphalia state in May.

Source: Xinhua

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