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Tell him he’s dreamin’

ᔥ The Telegraph

The euro is rooted. Hard working Germans won’t want to fund dodgy, lazy Frenchmen to sit around doing nothing while getting paid by their government.

Forget the problems at the fringes, it is the bludging frogs who are the real problem.

One of the founding fathers of the euro admits that some states may be forced to abandon the single currency, but insists Germany would be better off staying in.

Otmar Issing, a former European Central Bank chief economist, warned that the eurozone could be heading towards fracture in a book calledHow we save the euro and strengthen Europe published this week .

“Everything speaks in favour of saving the euro area. How many countries will be able to be part of it in the long term remains to be seen,” said Mr Issing in the book, which is written as a conversation between an economist and a journalist.

At no point did he explicitly refer to Greece, but the debt-stricken country has been hovering perilously close to default and an exit from the eurozone as it makes harsh spending cuts and tax hikes to appease the EU and ECB after receiving billions in bail-out payments.

“We are still a long way off saying ‘that’s it, now we are sure to make progress’. Substantial reforms in almost all countries are still pending,” he added.