Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:35 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2012 1:38 AM
BERLIN (AP) Greece's premier is warning that if his country is forced out of the eurozone it could start a domino effect throughout the 17-nation bloc using the euro currency.
Antonis Samaras told Bild newspaper Thursday ahead of a trip to Berlin that comments from some German politicians suggesting that Greece should leave the eurozone "don't help at all."
Samaras says "Germany needs a strong eurozone and when a country is forced out of the euro, it would probably not be the last, at least that's what the financial markets would see, and to fight against that would be difficult."
Samaras meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday before heading to France on Saturday in a diplomatic push to win his country more time to complete reforms and retain access to bailout loans.