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Few Germans believe Greece will repay bailout loans: Poll

Published on Sep 3, 2012 9:20 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Only a quarter of Germans think Greece should stay in the euro zone or get more help from other countries, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a domestic dilemma over whether or not to agree more time or money for Greece to get its 174 billion euro (S$273 billion) second bailout back on track.

German sentiment, detailed by a Financial Times/Harris poll, stands in marked contrast to that in Italy and Spain, where respondents were far more reluctant to cut Greece loose from the euro zone.

The poll of 1,000 adults in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Britain showed that only 26 per cent of Germans believed Greece "will ever repay its bailout loans", compared with 77 per cent of Italians and 57 per cent of Spaniards.

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