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Greek front-runners vow to stay in euro

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 George Stathakis, the left-wing MP for Crete who could become finance minister if Syriza clinch the Greek election, said his party intends to “stop at once” several conditions of the bailout.

Mrs Merkel, the German Chancellor, has warned that Greece’s membership of the eurozone is dependent on Athens sticking to the terms of the agreement. She underscored this position today, warning that Greece’s bailout will not be renegotiated.

“That’s why it’s so important that the Greek elections preferably lead to a result in which those that will form a future government say: ‘yes, we will stick to the agreements’,” Mrs Merkel said.

“We will have to speak to any government. I can only warn everyone against leaving the currency union. The internal cohesion of the eurozone would be in danger.”

But Mr Stathakis, an economics professor and one of Syriza’s key financial policymakers, said the party wants to stay in the euro but is prepared to call the bluff of Berlin and Brussels to secure a better deal for Greece.

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