I believe it’s better for the Greeks to stay in the euro area, but that also requires that we set out a path on which Greece gets back on its feet step by step (Angela Merkel, may 14, 2012).
The solidarity for the euro will end only if Greece just says, ‘We’re not keeping to the [austerity] agreement.’ But I don’t expect that to happen. I do think they are making an effort. There are many, many people in Greece who actually want it. (Angela Merkel, May 14 2012)
I have the will, the determination to keep Greece in the euro zone. (Angela Merkel May 16 2012)
We have a very nervous situation in the euro zone. (Explanation by Wolfgang Schaeuble, the German finance minister May 14, 2012)