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Most Germans Want Italy to Stay in Euro, Poll Shows

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Most Germans want Italy to stay in the euro region, according to a Forsa poll for Stern magazine. Some 78 percent said the country belongs in the currency while 67 percent of the survey said Italy carries the blame for its debt misery. The poll also showed 41 percent of Germans want Greece to leave the single currency.

Nearly half of the respondents -- 47 percent -- said they disagree with the European Central Bank’s purchase of Italian sovereign bonds, while 29 percent approve of the step. The poll of 1003 voters was carried out on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 and has a 3 percentage point margin of error, Stern said in an email.

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