The PM declared that the chancellor has been a voice of logic and though sometimes measures imposed on Greece were unjust, she took decisive decisions at critical moments. He said that in 2015 she rejected Greece’s ostracism from the EU.
In a statement issued prior to Merkel’s arrival, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that the German government’s steadfast view is that [Greek-Turkish] problems can be resolved 'only with dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect'.
Merkel is leaving power without triumphant declarations and without self-delusion. When asked which was the toughest moment in her tenure she replied earnestly “when I demanded so much of the Greeks”. Asked what she would like future history books to say about her, the response was “that I tried”.
Και μόνο το γεγονός ότι τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες έχουν γραφτεί εκατομμύρια λέξεις για την Άγγελα Μέρκελ, αμέτρητα αφιερώματα, απολογισμοί, κριτικές και εγκώμια στον παγκόσμιο Τύπο, αρκεί για να καταδείξει τη σημασία της — όχι μόνο για τη Γερμανία, αλλά και για την Ευρώπη και όλο τον κόσμο
«Ο κόσμος αλλάζει πολύ γρήγορα και συνεπώς, ο Άρμιν Λάσετ έχει ακόμη πολλή δουλειά να κάνει ως ομοσπονδιακός καγκελάριος», είπε η Μέρκελ.
Germany will not be able to effectively put the brakes on reforms being pushed by French President Emmanuel Macron and at the same time it will not be able to exert a drastic influence on the frugal countries of the European North.
The main issue as regards Angela Merkel's admission is Greece’s stance – how we reached over the years the point of being governed by imposed economic prescriptions and measures, often due to our own imprudent policies.
Angela Merkel was determined to remove the obstacles created by Budapest and Warsaw as she considers the Recovery Fund to be a significant part of her political legacy.
It is evident that the German chancellor has no doubt that Ankara bears the main if not exclusive responsibility for the impasse in efforts to launch a Greek-Turkish dialogue.
In light of Turkey’s erratic and dangerous policies and the policy of appeasement on the part of strong powers there is no room for complacency.
The EU summit on 23 April should demonstrate that not only has Europe learned from the mistakes of the past but also that the Union knows how to act swiftly.
Her government has advised the country’s 16 regions to shut schools and daycare facilities until the end of the Easter holiday. Shops, except for grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies banks and other essential businesses have been shut.
Merkel said the EU must play a more active role internationally, develop its defence and security capabilities, play a leading role in combating climate change, and shape policies to combat racism .
Regarding the migration-refugee issue that has bedeviled Greece the two leaders expressed agreement on the way to handle it.
'We are examining with Germany a green development plan which we will present to the chancellor in December,’ the PM underlined.
Judging by the political programme that PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis tabled in Parliament it appears that the overarching aim of the government is to produce as soon as possible palpable results for society.
He suddenly discovered extreme, conservative circles in Brussels and in the old regime in Greece which allegedly dream of a return to austerity and bailout memorandums.
In the framework of an evaluation of the bailout programmes that were implemented between 2008 and 2017, the Executive Board of the Fund has in many instances pinpointed important miscalculations and omissions.
The resolution garnered sweeping multi-party support with the exception of extreme right Golden Dawn and the KKE Greek Communist Party
The conservative leader said that if he is elected PM he will refuse to interpret Article 2 of the agreement as signaling that Greece must consent to Skopje’s EU admission.
Merkel said that in public administration there has not been sufficient progress, despite the fact that more generally there has been progress on the reform front.
The talks also touched on tax cuts that ND has proposed, attracting investment, and continuing on the path of structural reforms.
The party of the prime minister, SYRIZA, was among the political forces that exploited the indignation citizens and indeed fueled it.
The German Chancellor and other European partners do not want to have to tackle a Greek question again.
'I am grateful to Alexis Tsipras for working with [FYROM PM] Zoran Zaev for a solution to the naming issue,' Merkel said
The visit comes on the eve of a crucial final vote in the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the constitutional amendments required by the Greece-FYROM agreement.
It appears that Tsipras' political reversals – or kolotoumba as the international press called it, borrowing the original Greek) are the basic characteristics of the SYRIZA leader’s political path.
The Bavarian elections may signal the beginning of the end, and not just for a politician. When we are speaking about a Chancellor who has been in power since 2005, it would most certainly be the end of an era. It would have an impact beyond Germany.
'Over the past few years, people in Germany, myself included, have sympathised deeply as Greece has fought to repair its economy,' Weidmann said.