Tagged: Merkel

Athens reacts to reports of German criticism on migration

Athens on Thursday reacted to reports saying that Berlin has criticized Greece for making poor progress in processing the asylum applications of thousands of refugees stranded on its Aegean islands and foot-dragging in returning rejected asylum-seekers to Turkey. According to the report published in the Financial Times Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her disappointment […]

Tsipras-Merkel discuss Europe’s major challenges ahead

The Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a telephone conversation with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday morning on the major the major challenges that Europe is presently facing. As such, the refugee crisis, security and the latest economic developments were at the top of their agenda. The Greek PM briefed the German Chancellor on the […]

Turkey ‘must meet conditions’ for visa-free travel, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that Turkey must fulfill all 72 preconditions before the European Union grants visa-free travel to its citizens. “These 72 conditions have not yet been met, and of course we will insist that agreements are honored by our side and Turkey,” Merkel told private TV network RTL. Turkey has warned […]

Berlin hesitant to address the Greek debt sustainability

The European Central Bank is expecting the sustainability of the Greek debt to be addressed, before including Greece in its quantitative easing (QE) program, essentially adopting the IMF’s position on the matter. The Greek government is investing a return to the markets, since this will signify that credibility towards the Greek economy will have been […]

Tsipras-Merkel allied in response to refugee crisis

Athens is investing in an alliance with Berlin in response to the refugee crisis, in hopes of a more flexible approach to the upcoming second bailout review and debt relief talks. According to a report in Ta Nea, the Greek government is fully aware of the Germany’s dominant role in Europe and is therefore planning […]

Germany seeking ‘safe zones’ in Syria to shelter refugees

Germany is seeking the creation of “safe zones” to shelter refugees in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, an idea Turkey has long championed in the face of U.N. caution. Keeping refugees on the Syrian side of the border would help Brussels and Ankara, which hosts 2.7 million Syrian refugees, stem the flow of […]

Merkel: As of March 20, refugees entering Greece will be sent to Turkey

“Today EU and Turkey reached a joint agreement to deal with the unprecedented refugee crisis. Europe will get through this and this is the first example towards this direction” German Chancellor Angela Merkel after EU summit concluded “The agreement will help to improve the situation, while improving the living conditions of these people” she said […]

sipras meets with Merkel – Hollande before EU summit

The two-day EU Summit begins today without European having agreed during preliminary discussions on a definitive approach with Turkey on refugee issue. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hopes getting the support of socialists, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. The trilateral meeting among Germany, France and Greece lasted about […]

Merkel says history won’t judge kindly if EU fails refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said history will judge Europe harshly unless its countries share the burden of accepting refugees, taking aim at Hungary and Slovakia for refusing to resettle asylum seekers. In some of her most direct criticism yet of fellow European Union members, Merkel said the EU will face scrutiny if it turns away […]

Merkel says history won’t judge kindly if EU fails refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said history will judge Europe harshly unless its countries share the burden of accepting refugees, taking aim at Hungary and Slovakia for refusing to resettle asylum seekers. In some of her most direct criticism yet of fellow European Union members, Merkel said the EU will face scrutiny if it turns away […]

Merkel unhappy with draft statement on ‘closed’ Balkan route, reports say

Speaking ahead of a special EU summit with Turkey on the ongoing migration crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday voiced objections over a draft statement saying that the so-called Balkan route “is now closed,” according to reports. Merkel, who has been pushing for the implementation of an EU deal with Ankara, reportedly said in […]

Merkel says migrant clashes show EU summit ‘urgent’

Television pictures of migrants desperate to make their way into western Europe via the Balkans show the urgency of a European Union summit next Monday in tackling the bloc’s migrant crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. “The pictures show us clearly every day that there is a need for talks,” Merkel told reporters […]

Merkel proposed Grexit to Hollande before key Eurogroup in July 2015

Although the idea of Greece taking a five-year “time-out” from the euro was first made public at the July 11 Eurogroup last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had brought it up in conversation with French President Francois Hollande several days earlier, Kathimerini has learned. The two leaders met in Paris on July 6, a day […]

Europe’s year from hell may presage worse to come

By any measure, it has been a year from hell for the European Union. And if Britons vote to leave the bloc, next year could be worse. Not since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and communism crumbled across eastern Europe, has the continent’s geopolitical kaleidescope been shaken up so vigorously. But unlike that […]

Tsipras and Merkel discuss refugee crisis on EU summit sidelines

The Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday morning, ahead of the formal start to the EU summit held in Brussels. A meeting with French President Francois Holland is also expected to take place later on in the day. According to reports, the two leaders mainly discussed the […]

PM Tsipras and German Chancellor discuss refugee issue

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday spoke on the telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who briefed him on her talks with Turkey’s leadership on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya regarding the refugees issue. They also exchanged views concerning Tsipras’ visit to Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday.