German government denies changing tack on Greece
Jan. 04, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany hasn't shifted its view on Greece leaving the euro.
In a report Saturday, German weekly Der Spiegel had cited unnamed government officials indicating that Merkel and her finance minister no longer believe it would be too risky for the 19-member eurozone if Greece dropped the currency.
But deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter told The Associated Press in an emailed statement Sunday: "There is no change of course."
He also repeated Berlin's position that "the German government expects that Greece will continue to fulfill its contractual obligations toward the troika" of the EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Germany has warned Greece against reneging on the terms of its bailout program should the left-wing Syriza party win this month's general election.