Hundreds of pro-Greece demonstrators in Berlin have demanding solidarity with Greece as they marched from the German finance ministry to the city’s historical Brandenberg Gate.
The protesters said they were supporting the Greek government, elected on a pledge to roll back austerity and renegotiate a bailout.
“It is about giving Greece a chance, giving the new government a chance, without Europe putting further pressure onto this country, which increases the suffering of the (Greek) people, a suffering that was created from the outside and not from the country’s own internal politics,” explained Berlin resident and pro-Greece demonstrator, Guenther Triebe:
Meanwhile Athens has accused German foreign minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of insulting his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis.
Schaeuble denies calling Varoufakis “foolishly naive” as reported in Greece.
Varoufakis said he is confident of reaching a deal by April 20 with its international creditors on the reforms it must implement to unblock further aid.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a business conference in Italy, the Greek finance minister said the country’s new government was prepared to delay some of its promised anti-austerity measures in an effort to win EU backing.