Germans, Tired of Euro, Want Their Deutschmark Back

Is the EU coming apart? Well, there's Ireland, which is getting a $113 billion bailout to keep its banks afloat.

There is a padlock on the gate of Walford, the most expensive house in the priciest street in Ireland. Graffiti adorn the conservatory windows, the lawn is overgrown and old mattresses are piled up in the front room.

Will Germany grow tired of being the economic powerhouse forced to help fund so many bailouts?

Germany on Monday rejected the idea of increasing the size of the European Union's safety net and ruled out a proposal to issue a joint euro zone bond, but said it stood squarely behind the single European currency.

Euro zone finance ministers, who meet in Brussels later on Monday, face pressure to increase the size of a 750 billion euro ($994.5 billion) safety net for debt-stricken members in order to halt contagion in the single currency bloc.

...a new poll showed nearly 60 percent of Germans wish they had the mighty Deutschmark back in their pockets and purses instead of the euro.

The latest poll for the ARD TV broadcaster also showed that 66 percent of Germans fear that the current financial crisis will torpedo their savings.

While 57 percent want the D-mark back, only 32 percent said they found anything positive about the common currency.

The last euro survey earlier in the year - before Greece and Ireland meltdowns - showed 51 percent wanting the mark back.