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What Merkel didn’t see in Athens…

German Chancellor had certainly a very heavy schedule today in Athens. She rushed from entrepreneurs’ forum to businessmen’ meeting, from tet-a-tet meeting with Greek Prime Minister to a joint press conference in front of Greek and international media. Her visit to Acropolis was kind of spoiled due to the rain …

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Merkel in Athens: “I came to take a look into the future”

“I came here to take a look into the future and talk with new people with new ideas,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right upon her arrival in Athens. I have to apologize right away, though. It was not …

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Merkel visit to Athens: closed roads, protests ban and draconian security measures, Apr 11/2014

Athens is preparing to welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel with draconian security measures on Friday, April 11th 2014, a day after a powerful car bomb exploded in the middle of the city’s downtown. Some 5,000 police officers are to safeguard the areas where the German delegation will be moving around. …

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German Stammtisch-humor: Merkel’s Envoy Otto Rehhagel arrived in Athens

It must be humor. German humor around the traditional Stammtisch* with Alte Herren* and the whole associated mentality. A humor that other EU citizens may find hard to understand. Hours after Germany re-confirmed its predominance in the Eurogroup and the Euro Zone, former football trainer Otto Rehhagel arrived in Athens. As …

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Merkel sends Otto Rehhagel to Athens to encourage Greeks

Former coach of Greek National Football team, German Otto Rehhagel, is due to Athens in a good will mission. To help improve the crisis- and austerity-hit German-Greek relations, to boost tourism and to encourage Greeks. According to tabloid BILD newspaper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has assigned Rehhagel with the mission …

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Athens: Naked Merkel-Protester was a British National

Athens – Tuesday afternoon: While protesters are throwing stones at policemen and riot police is firing tears gas, a man strips off his clothes and start to run naked in front of the Greek Parliament and around the Syntagma Square.  The protester runs around and waves with his hand. Unknown if he …

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Merkel in Athens: Landed at 1:30 p.m. in Her Same Old Jacket…

“OMG! Angela Merkel is wearing the same jacket – hopefully it is refreshed and came right from the dry cleaning!” Sorry, but that was my first impression when the much-anticipated and much fear-causing German Chancellor appeared at the airplane door exactly at 1:30 p.m. in Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos. Merkel – …

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Merkel in Athens: First Detention of the Day

The first ‘preventive’ detention of the day occurred outside the German embassy short before 10 o’ clock in the morning. A middle aged man, wearing the uniform of the Greek National Team and holding a poster of Angela Merkel and the Aphrodite of Milos with sticky finger arrived with his motorcycle …

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Angela Merkel to Visit Athens on Oct 9/2012

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 …

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Merkel says she is wary of Greece’s over dependence on China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wary of business over-dependence on China. She is especially concerned about the Chinese investments in Greece where Cosco has been winning the cream of the cream in public privatization tenders. In an interview with German weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche, Merkel said Europe needed to be wary about …

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Tsipras tells Merkel “Game Over!” Background Eurogroup Malta

“Angela, once you called me about my finance minister. Now, I call you about yours.” This is what Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, two days before the Eurogroup meeting in Malta on April 7,2017.  It was Tsipras’ phone call to Merkel that unblocked the …

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