Poll finds 57 percent of Germans oppose Greek aid

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Fifty-seven percent of Germans think giving aid to Greece would be a "bad decision," a survey published Tuesday showed, underlining the level of public opposition in Europe's main paymaster.

Only 33 percent are in favour, the poll by Dimap commissioned by Germany's Die Welt daily and French television news channel France 24 showed. The survey of 1,009 people was carried out in mid-April.

After months of fighting to finance its national debt, Greece formally applied on Friday for a bailout from its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund worth up to 45 billion euros (60 billion dollars).

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with a key state election to fight on May 9 and public opposition to a bailout strong, has insisted that Athens first demonstrate how it plans to get its public finances in order.

As Europe's biggest economy, Germany would be the biggest contributor to any aid, providing around 8.4 billion euros in a 30-billion-euro package from the eurozone.

© 2010 AFP

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