March 20, 2019

Merkel vists Greece to boost Macedonia deal

13 January 2019, 01:45 | Devin Moran

Merkel acknowledges Aegean migrant 'situation,' Greek WWII reparation calls

Greece and Germany bury the hatchet, but WWII reparations still cast a shadow

A previous mistranslation of Merkel's statements claimed the chancellor expressed that Germany "took full responsibility" for the Nazi crimes in Germany.

The German Chancellor, in reference to the upcoming European elections, said that she was united with Tsipras "in the deeply-held conviction that it is through cooperation in Europe, not nationalism, that we will have a better future".

Germany's support to Greece during the hard bailout period from 2010 until August 2018, as well as in the post-bailout era, is support to the EU's cohesion, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Friday, welcoming German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Athens.

The issue of past injustices resurfaced during Greece's 2010-2018 economic bailout phase, with Germany targeted for painful cuts imposed by worldwide creditors.

During the interview with Pavlopoulos (9.15 am) will once again come to the Greek demands for reparations for damage during the Second world war.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday during her joint press conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras that she was "grateful to him for working with the Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev in reach a solution to the decades long 'name" issue, adding that the deal with benefit both countries.

Berlin argues that its payment to Athens of 115 million deutschmarks in 1960 (€59 million in today's currency) - coupled with a 1990 treaty at the moment German reunification - settled the issue.

"We know how much suffering we, as Germany in the time of Nazism, have brought to Greece", the German chancellor said.

On her last visit to Athens in 2014, protestors gave her the Nazi salute and Alexis Tsipras, then still an opposition leader, told her to go home.

She is expected to show support for a name change for Greece's neighbour Macedonia, which is still a divisive issue in Greece.

Merkel was to hold talks with conservative opposition New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an European Union parliament ally of her Christian Democrats, and meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Greece was forced to hand over 476 million reichsmarks, which Greek officials have estimated to be valued at between 6 billion and 10 billion euros ($6.92 billion to $11.53 billion).

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