May 18, 2012 / 6:15 PM / 6 years ago

Greece's conservatives reject Merkel referendum idea

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s conservatives, the country’s biggest party which backs its international bailout, rejected on Friday a suggestion by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Greece hold a referendum on its euro zone membership.

“The Greek people don’t need a referendum to prove they’re pro-euro,” said Antonis Samaras, the leader of the conservative New Democracy party, in a statement.

Greece’s government spokesman said earlier on Friday that Merkel raised the referendum idea in a telephone conversation with Greece’s President Karolos Papoulias.

Reporting by Harry Papachristou; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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