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Germany Rejects Berlusconi Remarks as 'Absurd'

Sept. 28, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman rejected as "absurd" Friday a suggestion by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that Germany should leave the eurozone.

"The idea that Germany could leave the euro (zone) and that this would not be a drama for Europe is absurd," Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

Berlusconi, who stepped down last year to make way for technocratic Prime Minister Mario Monti, had said during a book launch party Thursday that it would be good for Italy if Germany left the euro. "That would not be a tragedy," he said.

Seibert added that Merkel has "always" worked well with Monti.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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