On several occasions during the course of the crisis Greece found itself very close to exiting the euro. This has been confirmed by an increasing number of publications abroad, as well as testimonies from the protagonists of the Greek and European crises.
There are of course many who refute these reports as being untrue and who argue that the whole issue of a possible Greek exit from the eurozone was completely contrived, but the facts and the recent testimonies speak for themselves.
Greece managed to remain in the eurozone because the Greek people made incredible sacrifices and responsible choices, while a small part of its political leadership took on the burden of extremely painful decisions.
Without the sacrifices of the people and the sense of responsibility shown by a few politicians, Greece would have been cast out of the bloc, alone, at a time of rapid and serious international developments.