German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to Athens next Tuesday, October 9th 2012. The visit was announced by Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert. The announcement comes hours, after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras apparently “unofficially” invited Merkel to Athens via his interview to German daily Handelsblatt. However the official invitation was arranged when Greek PM visited Berlin end of last August.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit Greece next week as Athens works to convince its creditors to pay the next installment of its bailout package.
Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the chancellor will meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Tuesday.
Seibert said Friday that Merkel’s visit follows an invitation that Samaras made when he visited Berlin in August. (Associated Press via MontHer)
Angela Merkel may be a welcome guest of the government, but parts of the media, websites and blogs have oft caricatured her with a Nazi-uniform or a Swastika, due to her rigorous policy towards Greece.
However, despite a possible negative reaction by the public, Merkel’s visit to Athens it cannot be but a sign of support for Greece as the debt-ridden and near bankruptcy country struggles to secure the next bailout tranche of 31 billion euro.
Merkel’s visit will take place a day after the Eurogroup meeting on Monday.