Ahead of the conference call, Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, said in a SWR2 radio interview Greece might delay its polls and install a technocratic government that does not include politicians like Evangelos Venizelos and Antonis Samaras, similar to the model currently in place in Italy.
"When you look at the internal political discussions in Greece and the opinion polls, then you have to ask who will really guarantee after the elections ... that Greece will stand by what we are now agreeing with Greece," Schäuble asked according to Reuters.
The deputy leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat’s parliamentary group, Johannes Singhammer, was even more explicit and said:
„The Greek should ask themselves if new elections in this financially and politically difficult situation really make sense.“
Eurointelligence 16 February 2012