Deputy Finance Minister Steffen Kampeter dismissed as nonsense the report in Focus magazine. Ekathimerini
reported Kampeter said Schauble merely talked about the need for Greek austerity and reforms.
However, To Vima
reports that Focus has asserted its account of Schauble's remarks is accurate and that Schauble did indeed state to German parliamentarians that "the German government prepares for bankruptcy of the Greeks." Focus went on to report that the German government will use "trick" to reduce the resultant risks of a Greek eurozone exit.
The report claims Schauble said "The pending further report of the troika will come, as estimated by the German government, rather to the conclusion that Greece is behind schedule in meeting its obligations," and the negotiations which ensue will ensure the "states bankruptcy process is essential."
reported one week ago that Schauble was tiring of Greece and told the debt ridden nation to stop asking for help.