US News: in Athens, Merkel returns to his hectic relations with Greece

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While she is preparing to Leaving the power after 16 years at the head of Germany, Angela Merkel is visiting the Greek capital this Friday, October 29, 2021. This ultimate stage of its political farewell is delicate than it takes place in a Country where the outgoing Chancellor remains largely unpopular in view.

with our correspondent in Athens, Joel Bronner

Many Greeks consider Berlin and the German leaders as the leaders of the austerity policy that the country has undergone as a result of the economic crisis born in 2009, and which is prolonged a decade. In exchange for three international rescue plans, Athens had to make significant budget cuts, increase taxes and lower wages.

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for its fourth and last visit to Greece before leaving the power, at a press conference with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Angela Merkel returned to the subject, and on the tumultuous relationship maintained under his mandates between Berlin and Athens.

"In the last ten years, has it entrusted, the relations between Germany and Greece have been, say," animated ". The most difficult period has certainly been the one in which the question of the stability of the euro. Personally, I was fully aware of the excessive burden and the challenge that all this represented for Greek citizens. In the end, we are [nevertheless] managed to find a common road for Greece to remain both a member of the European Union and the euro area.

For proof, on a sensitive subject for Athens, the Chancellor then stressed that most of the current geopolitical problems between Greece and its Turkish neighbor - on border and migratory issues in particular - are those who, precisely, concern Europe entirely.

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