Merkel tells voters Greece shouldn't have joined euro
BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has charged, a month before elections, that struggling Greece should never have been allowed into the eurozone, blaming her political rivals for letting it happen.
She heaped blame for Europe's debt and recession troubles on her centre-left opponents, saying that while in government the Social Democratic Party (SPD) had contributed to creating the causes of the crisis.
"The crisis emerged over many years, through founding errors in the euro - for example, Greece should not have been admitted into the euro area," Merkel said to scattered applause at a campaign event on Tuesday in the northern town of Rendsburg, footage from news channel ntv showed.
The conservative leader reiterated that her predecessor, SPD chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, had in 2001 consented to Greece's entry and to weakening the currency bloc's stability pact, decisions she labelled "fundamentally wrong".