Dutch poll: kick Greece out of eurozone

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority of the Dutch 58 percent want the government to stop giving financial aid to Greece and a slim majority 51 percent want Greece expelled from the eurozone.

Some 72 percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by Maurice de Hond expect Greece will never be able to repay its debts.

The view is particularly strong among voters of the Freedom Party 90 percent, which backs the government in parliament, and the opposition Socialist Party 69 percent, as well as the governing conservative VVD party 64 percent.

Junior coalition partner the Christian Democats are split down the middle with 43 percent against support for Greece and 44 percent in favour.

Opposition Labour voters are equally split.

Guilder nostalgia Calls for Greece to be expelled from the eurozone are supported by 67 percent of Freedom Party voters, 63 percent of VVD voters and 53 percent of Socialist Party voters.

In all, 50 percent of respondents want to reintroduce the guilder, which they argue should never have been abolished in the first place, while 46 percent disagree with that view.

The Greek crisis, the opinion poll suggests, could affect the electoral balance in the Netherlands, especially if the Dutch state suffers any losses or the economy takes a hit.

The European Union is to discuss Greece’s economic crisis on Monday and Tuesday.

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