Monetary union not under threat - Eichel

German Finance Minister Hans Eichel does not believe the EU monetary union will collapse and is not interfering in the monetary policies of the European Central Bank, a spokesman for Eichel was quoted as saying.

The spokesman was reacting to a Stern magazine report, which cited sources, that said Eichel's ministry has blamed the euro for the continuing weakness in Germany.

"Eichel does not see the danger of a collapse of the monetary union. That is an absurd" assumption reported by Stern, the s