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Most Germans oppose eurobonds, Greece in euro: poll

25 May 2012, 12:35 CET
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(BERLIN) - Most Germans reject eurobonds, a hotly-debated proposed tool for pooling eurozone debt to help fight the crisis, and are against Greece remaining in the euro, according to a poll published Friday.

The survey for ZDF public television showed that 79 percent of those asked said they opposed the introduction of eurobonds, in line with the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Fourteen percent backed the tool, which is being spearheaded by new French President Francois Hollande but which Berlin argues would remove pressure for reform in spendthrift countries and also undermines market discipline.

Germans have also become increasingly sceptical about Greece's membership of the eurozone, with 60 percent against, while 31 percent backed its continued use of the single currency, the poll showed.

Last November, 49 percent were against Athens being part of the euro in the same poll.

Some 1,312 people were surveyed between May 22 and 24.

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