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.