Merkel Angers Greek Leaders

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German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement on February 17, 2012 at the Chancellery in Berlin.

The German government insisted Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel had never called for a referendum on the continued use of the euro when the country holds elections next month. The Greek government released a statement on Friday saying Merkel proposed the referendum during a phone call with Greek President Karolos Papoulias. The statement added that the proposal “obviously” could not be considered by the interim government appointed this week. Greece will hold a new vote on June 17.