Merkel coalition toughens tone on Greek bailout

BERLIN - Officials from German ChancellorAngela Merkel's coalition sent a tough message to Greece onMonday that it might have to leave the euro zone if it fails tomeet conditions for its bailout package.

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

Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, who leads junior coalitionparty the Free Democrats said in an article fordaily Die Welt that to stabilize the euro there could "no longerbe any taboos."

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

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