January 5, 2015 / 11:29 AM / in 3 years

Merkel's spokesman says no change in stance on 'Grexit'

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday that her government had not changed its position on the desirability of a Greek exit from the euro zone, saying the policy had always been to stabilize the bloc without losing any of its members.

A Greek flug flutters at the top of the Acroplis hill in Athens July 2, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

“The aim has been to stabilize the euro zone with all its members, including Greece,” the spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference, following a weekend magazine report that quoted German sources as saying the currency bloc could weather a so-called “Grexit”.

“There is no change in our stance. Hopefully I’ve made that clear,” Seibert added.

Reporting by Noah Barkin and Alexandra Hudson

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