Merkel and Hollande Τurn Down Meeting With Tsipras For Protocol Reasons

State Secretary and spokesperson of the German government Steffen Seibert told reporters today, when asked if Angela Merkel is willing to meet with the left-wing SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, that the German Chancellor only meets with heads of states and governments.

Earlier, the Greek party leader had asked for a meeting with the newly elected French president Francois Hollande. On behalf of the German government, however, Seibert noted that no similar request had been filed to the German Chancellor.

As far as the possibility of a meeting between the French President and the SYRIZA leader is concerned, there has been exploratory communication with the French side but the presidency answered that the protocol does not allow the President to meet with party leaders.

According to Greek newspapers and information, Tsipras has been receiving numerous phone calls and telegrams from parties and leaders abroad after the May 6 election outcome that ranked SYRIZA the second political power in the country.