Chancellor Angela Merkel told officials in her coalition calling for a Greek exit from the euro to â€œweigh their words,â€ as she signaled a renewed determination to keep the single currency intact.
Asked about comments by a party leader calling for Greece to leave the 17-nation single currency, Merkel told ARD television that such comments were damaging as crisis fighting reaches a â€œdecisive phase.â€ Alexander Dobrindt, general secretary of the governing Bavarian Christian Social Union, told Bild newspaper that Greece wouldnâ€™t be part of the euro in 2013.
â€œEverybody should weigh their words very carefully,â€ Merkel told ARD yesterday in Berlin. The Greek government under Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is undertaking â€œserious effortsâ€ to reduce its debt, she said, and reiterated Germanyâ€™s desire to stand by the country where the crisis originated.
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