Germany's CSU: Europe works even if some drop currency

January 7, 2012 18:08

BERLIN - The head of one of Angela Merkel's coalition partners contradicted on Saturday one of her tenets on the euro, saying that the EU would be fine if a country dropped the currency.

Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio that he did not agree with Merkel's statement "If the euro fails, Europe fails."

"There are many healthy economies in Europe that do not have the euro, and Europe works nonetheless," he said in a transcript of the interview. "Great Britain is an example."

Turning to Greece, arguably the worst-off member in the euro zone, Seehofer said that the country's small size meant that its withdrawal from the currency bloc would not bring economic side effects strong enough to harm Europe.

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