BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is still expecting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be involved in Greece's bailout program, a spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.


Germany's Bild newspaper had earlier reported that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was preparing for a continuation of aid for Greece without IMF participation.


"For us this involvement is promised and essential," the spokeswoman said.


(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Joseph Nasr)