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.
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