Merkel coalition toughens tone on Greek bailout

September 12, 2011 16:58


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BERLIN - Officials from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition sent a tough message to Greece on Monday that it might have to leave the euro zone if it fails to meet conditions for its bailout package.

A top Merkel aide signaled the chancellor's support for the leaders of her two center-right coalition partners, after they spoke publicly on the option of Greece departing from the currency bloc or carrying out an orderly bankruptcy.

Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, who leads junior coalition party the Free Democrats said in an article for daily Die Welt that to stabilize the euro there could "no longer be any taboos."

"That includes, if necessary, an orderly bankruptcy of Greece, if the necessary instruments are available," Roesler, who is also deputy chancellor, added.

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