What do Germans think of Grexit? The financial situation of Greece has split the German public opinion. In a poll conducted for German weekly STERN, a narrow majority would accept Greece abandoning the eurozone.
Whether the heavily indebted Greece will receive additional billion credits depends on the implementation of the reforms demanded by the euro countries in return for their third aid package.
Without these loans, the country could no longer afford repayments due in July and would be bankrupt.
A small majority of 53 percent of German citizens argue against further payments to Greece.
In contrast, 40% support further payments. Supporters come from the Green Party(52%), from Die Linke (51%) and from the FDP (51%).
42% want Greece to remain in the eurozone.
45% of the respondents said that in order to get back on its feet, Greece needs a debt cut as also required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
47% reject that creditors should refrain claiming back a part of their loans.
42% want to keep Greece in the eurozone under all circumstances.
52% would accept Greece’s withdrawal form the eurozone. Among them, supporters of far-right AfD at 75%.
Data basis: Poll conducted 16.-17. February, 2017 by the Forsa-Institut among a sample of 1002 people determined by a computer-controlled random sample. The statistical error is +/- 3 percentage points.
I suppose more poll details, also about CDU, CSU and SPD supporters, are in the print edition of STERN.
Meanwhile, in Germany chief of left-wing party Die Linke, Sahra Wagenknecht, suggest Greece is better off if it leaves the eurozone.
PS Me thinks, we need a poll: Do you believe it will be better for the eurozone if Germany returns to its own currency?