"I have always said that we can help the Greeks, but we cannot responsibly throw money into a bottomless pit," Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Saturday.
Juncker argued over the weekend that Greece will not leave the eurozone, saying in an interview with an Austrian newspaper published Saturday that such an event would carry unforeseeable risks and would not be politically feasible.
"In the case of a total refusal by Greece regarding budget consolidation and structural reforms, one would have to deal with the question," he said, according to the report. "But because I assume that Greece will try to redouble its efforts and achieve the targets that have been set, there is no reason to assume that this exit scenario can become relevant."
Germany's vice chancellor, Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, who takes a hard line on Greece, said recently that the idea of the country leaving the euro had "lost its horror."
Athens insists the country must remain in the euro — something which repeated opinion polls have shown the vast majority of Greeks want.
Associated Press writer Nicholas Paphitis contributed.
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