German Press on Samaras-Merkel Meeting



Greek Premier Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Greek Premier Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

There are various reactions coming from the German Press in regards to the meeting between Antonis Samaras and Angela Merkel. The comments floating around about Greece’s progress range from very positive to negative.

The Die Welt reported the warm words of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the progress that Greece achieved in the last months. The article also hosted the declarations of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that there will be no new cuts on the wages and the pensions. The newspaper’s website has an article about the unemployment which is a plague in Greece, and points out that it’s hard to achieve the goals for reducing the debt.

The newspaper Handelsblatt, points out Antonis Samaras statement — that they will not impose new austerity measures. The newspaper also noted that the two leaders talked about a possible reduction of the Greek debt in spring, if Greece has met its obligations by then. Furthermore, Angela Merkel said that Germany will support Antonis Samaras during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January.

The title of an English article in Deutsche Welle, is “Merkel commends Greece’s effort during her meeting with Samaras.” In addition, the article refers to what they said during the Press Conference, which took place after their meeting. The article says that the two leaders focused only on the positive side, while the European displeasure for the Budget of 2014 is intense.

Finally, Focus has a critical article entitled: “Why Do Greeks Always Count Differently than their Lenders?” According to this article, Samaras visit is not positive, and supports the continuing effort of Greece to cheat its lenders.