Tagged: German

German government says it’s united on need to stabilize Greek economy

The German government said on Friday it remained united on the need to stabilize the Greek economy despite a report indicating divergent views between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democratic coalition partners. Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer declined comment on a newspaper report that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had suggested easing a requirement for Athens […]

German chancellor to hold phone call with Greek PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday requested a telephone call with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of her scheduled visit to Turkey on Thursday, February 2, ANA-MPA reported. The news agency said that Merkel asked to be briefed on Athens’s official position on Greek-Turkish relations in light of recent tensions, as well as on […]

EU to reinforce Frontex presence in Greece, says German report

The European Union border control agency Frontex was reinforcing its presence in Greece, a Spiegel Online report said on Tuesday. According to the report, an increased Frontex presence pointed to the EU preparing the ground for a possible cancellation of a deal signed with Turkey regarding migrants. About 60 Frontex employees were expected to be […]

German conservatives raise pressure on IMF over Greece

Several German conservative lawmakers expressed concern on Thursday that the International Monetary Fund had not yet joined the third aid package for Greece, with one calling for a new parliamentary vote if the IMF did not commit by the end of 2016. “Numerous lawmakers feel as if they’ve been sold down the river,” Christian von […]

Athens presses German reparations bid

Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis emphasized over the weekend that Athens will push its demands for wartime reparations from Germany, despite the insistence by Berlin that the matter has been resolved, noting that the issue is primarily a moral one for the Greek government. “We will do everything that is required primarily on the diplomatic […]

Concerns rise amid migrant uptick, news of German plan to pressure Greece

The steady increase in refugee and migrant arrivals from neighboring Turkey to the Aegean islands fueled concerns in the ranks of the government on Friday amid reports that German authorities have a contingency plan to apply pressure on Greece in the event of the collapse of a deal between Ankara and the European Union to […]

German newspaper FAZ readers want Greece in the Eurozone

According to a poll published in German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ (FAZ),nearly half of the German citizens (49%) were in favour of Greece remaining in the Eurozone. The poll conducted by British YouGov on behalf of FAZ revealed a substantial swing in the German public opinion on the matter of Greece’s place in the common […]

German summer bookings for Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia drop 40 pct but Greece holding up

German travellers’ bookings for summer holidays in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have dropped around 40 percent compared with a year ago, reflecting tourists’ concern over security, German travel association DRV said on Thursday. Once-popular destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia have suffered a series of attacks including the suspected bombing of a Russian aeroplane and […]

German interior minister due in Athens on Friday for refugee talks

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière is due to visit Greece on Friday to hold discussions about the refugee crisis. The creation of the so-called hot spots on Greek islands will be one of the main issues during the talks, Johannes Dimroth, a spokesman for Germany’s Interior Ministry, told journalists on Monday. “The construction of […]

Gov’t denies hiring German consultants

The Greek government on Saturday denied press reports of having hired the services of, or engaging in any kind of paid collaboration with, German consulting firm Goetzpartners. The move came after daily Ta Nea reported that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had worked with the German company on an […]