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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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Greek President talks to Gauck about German WWII reparations

President Karolos Papoulias raised the issue of World War II reparations to his German counterpart Joachim Gauck currently on a 3-day official visit to Athens. But as expected, Gauck repeated the official legal position of Berlin and promised to express his Karolos Papoulias told Gauck hat Greece has not dropped …

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EU source:Troika won’t go to Greece “because no one wants them” (via Reuters) *sigh*

Do the Troika inspectors boycott Greece? Have they put their visit to Athens on hold? Reuters reported so on Thursday afternoon citing two “eurozone sources”. According to Reuters, the Troika put its visit on hold because the Greek government rejected more austerity measures. The news of a possible postponement set …

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GER Schaeuble goes, US Lew comes…

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble left Athens on Thursday after an intense visit: three interviews, five appointments, one conference, one working lunch. All these in just height hours. He came, saw and conquered. No the hearts of the citizens of besieged Greece but the hearts of the German taxpayers and …

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German FM Westerwelle arrives in Athens today

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is due to Athens today (July 3/2013). He will meet with this Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos at 07:30 pm at the Greek Foreign Ministry. After the meeting the two Foreign Ministers will hold a joint press conference and then enjoy a nice dinner. Westerwelle will …

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German FinMin Schaeuble to visit Athens, July 18/2013

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble will visit Athens on July 18th 2013 and will meet with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Speaking at the German Parliament, Schaeuble said that on the agenda of the talks will be “bilateral issues with emphasis in combating youth unemployment in …

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German FinMin wants to visist Athens

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed the wish to visit Athens. The wish was expressed during a phone conversation with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Stournaras on Monday. Greek media report that the German FinMin also told Stournaras that Greece has to continue with the reforms. Shcaueble said that Athens has …

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Greece got a friend! JC Juncker: “Our mistake to have listened to market gurus”

I am deeply touched – once again. Inspiring speeches and admitting mistakes always touch me deep inside. After International Monetary Fund accepted its calculation mistakes in the Greek austerity program, former head of Eurogroup Jean Claude Juncker admitted another grave mistake: the mistake of Eurogroup. “It was our mistakes to …

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Eurogroup head Dijsselbloem in Athens, May 31/2013

Head of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem is due to Athens on upcoming Friday, May 31st, just days before the representatives of Greece’s lenders -the Troika – will come for the regular fiscal inspection. Dijsselbloem will meet with prime minister Antonis Samaras and finance minister Yiannis Stournaras. A press conference will follow. …

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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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Greek PM Samaras cancels visit to Finland, Mar 22-24/2013

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras cancelled his official visit to Finland, scheduled for March 22-24rd 2013. No official explanation was given. Greek media speculate the postponement had to do with the developments in Cyprus. Samaras was due to meet the political leadership of Finland and participate in a meeting with …

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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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Hollande to “push” 2+6 frigates to debt-ridden Greece

Everything changes and everything remains the same. Politics, mentalities and interests. What if Greek children go hungry to school, pensioners dig in garbage bins for food and majority of households cannot afford heating their homes. Politics, mentalities and interests remain the same. French  President Francois Hollande will visit Athens on …

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Steinbrueck: “Greece needs time, austerity no solution”

“Greece needs time to achieve its targets, austerity is not the solution,”Peer Steinbruck, German Chancellor candidate in upcoming German elections for the main opposition Social Democratic Party told Greeks during a visit to Athens. during a meeting with leader of socialist PASOK and coalition government partner, Evangelos Venizelos,  Steinbrueck underlined …

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French president Hollande to visit Athens, Feb 18/2013

French president Francois Hollande is due to Athens on February 18th 2013. The visit follows an invitation by Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras during the EU summit in October 2012. Hollande had accepted Samara’s invitation but the exact date was announced today, Tuesday. Samaras had visited Paris last August.  

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Merkel – Samaras: Mutual Expectations and Consessions

What does the Greek government expect from German Chancellor on visit today? What is Angela Merkel willing to give? Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s highest expectation is to have the negative climate against Greece changed. And thus before the crucial EU Summit on October 18th 2012. First of all, Samaras expects …

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Having Good Time in Athens

No, ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn did not come to Athens to lend a helping hand and advice the Greeks how to deal with the country’s international lenders. DSK came on private visit and had really good time, several Greek news portals reported on Thursday, posting pictures and videos. DSK – …

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