The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, making a symbolic visit to Athens, has praised Greece for the progress made in solving its economic problems and has repeated that she wants the country to stay in the euro.
Her first visit there since the eurozone crisis erupted is seen as a high-risk trip to show support for the long-suffering Greek people – and the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
He told a joint news conference that Greece would respect its commitments to overcome the crisis. Athens needs to convince the ‘troika’ of creditors its package of reforms and cuts is on course in order to receive the next batch of bailout aid.
Merkel agreed that Greece had completed a large part of the journey towards reform.
“We heard yesterday from the Eurogroup (of finance ministers), that there was progress and today our talks made it clear that there is progress in overcoming that difficult task,” she said.
And there was a sweeter message to balance the austerity: “We agreed that we need to complement the hard austerity measures, that demand so much from the people, with a growth stimulus. Therefore, we will support everything that is possible in order to give Greece access to credits from the European Investment Bank,” the German Chancellor added.
Angela Merkel is performing a tight balancing act. She wants understanding from the Greek people – but she must also reassure German taxpayers, many of whom see Greece as a bottomless money pit.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1‘Allahu Akbar’ lone wolf attacker shot dead by French police
- 2Who is the EU’s worst at spending Brussels’ billions?
- 3ISIL fighters ‘flee’ Iraq’s Sinjar as Peshmerga troops ‘make gains’
- 4New laws to ‘wipe out’ militants after Pakistan school massacre
- 5New Romanian President Klaus Iohannis vows to tackle corruption
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Pakistanis protest against Taliban as army intensifies offensive in north-west
- 3‘Allahu Akbar’ lone wolf attacker shot dead by French police
- 4Australia: two hostages and gunman dead after police storm Sydney siege café
- 5ISIL fighters ‘flee’ Iraq’s Sinjar as Peshmerga troops ‘make gains’
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 3Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 4McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 5Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 6Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 7Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 8NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 9European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 10Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 11Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 12The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 13International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 14Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
- 15Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 16Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
- 17Portugal: Ex-PM José Socrates held in corruption probe | euronews, world news
- 18Pakistan Taliban ‘kill over 100’ in Peshawar school attack | euronews, world news
- 19Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria | euronews, world news
- 20Raids across Turkey target media outlets linked to Erdogan foe Fethullah Gulen | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 21:45 CET Jordan puts Brotherhood politician on trial over UAE comments
- 21:40 CET U.N. council overrides China to add North Korea to agenda
- 21:33 CET Man rams van into Christmas market in western France, injures 10
- 21:00 CET UBS whistelblower Birkenfeld lodges request for return to Europe
- 20:14 CET EU foreign policy boss determined to work with new Tunisian leader
- 20:09 CET Japanese daily promises reform after ‘comfort women’ coverage…
- 20:05 CET Iraq says Jordan to begin training Iraqi troops soon
- 19:06 CET Libya fighting spreads to third oil port, 11 killed in Benghazi