A Greek insolvency would have ‘gigantic’ consequences for Europe, creating a ‘completely different aggregate state’, according to Angela Merkel’s second in command.
Sigmar Gabriel, vice-chancellor and economics minister of Germany, spoke passionately about the need to keep Greece in the Eurozone in order to maintain the single currency.
“I think it’s absolutely right that Germany and France once again try to find a solution, because the political consequences of Greece’s insolvency within the eurozone would of course be gigantic,” Gabriel said at a conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Many people seem to have somewhat the impression that it’s better to make a painful break than to draw out the agony. The truth is, that if the first brick were to break out of the European house, Europe would be in a completely different aggregate state.”
His comments come after Europe’s most powerful ministers met in Berlin on Monday to try and break the debt deadlock. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Francois Hollande, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, ECB President Mario Draghi and the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde flew to Berlin for an emergency summit to find a middle ground between the IMF’s perceived ‘tough line’ on Greece and the EC’s more generous terms, aimed at keeping the union intact.
Full article: Greek insolvency would have ‘gigantic’ consequences, German minister says (The Independent)