German MP calls Italy to leave euro
BERLIN - Agence-France Presse
A German broker sits disappointed as Italian elections hit the bourse. AFP photoA deputy from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) called on March 1 for Italy to leave the euro if it could not stick to EU rules after its inconclusive election.
“If one can’t succeed in persuading the people of a country that they have to stick to the commitments they have themselves signed up to in terms of how the common currency works, then you can’t demand new elections from outside, but the country must return to its own currency,” said Klaus-Peter Willsch.
“If we want to return to peaceful and respectful cooperation in Europe and take seriously peoples’ right to self-determination, we need to give up on this euro-Europe ideology,” said the conservative politician, a known eurosceptic.
Germany, Europe’s top economy and political powerhouse, has scarcely concealed its concern that uncertainty in Italy after its election could spark a reawakening of the eurozone crisis that has lain dormant for months.