at The conclusion of its two-day Athens-visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) meets this Friday, with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and later with opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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. Merkel and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attempted on Thursday evening with a nearly two-hour Meeting, a line under the rows to draw in the debt crisis.

Tsipras had the reparation question, only briefly touched on. A Greek Commission of experts had estimated the extent of the war damage to at least 289 billion euros. For Germany, the issue with 1990 as the basis for the reunification of signed Two-plus complete Four-year contract. It States that no further reparations be provided””.

Merkel had wanted to talk with pupils of the German school of Athens on the future of Europe – the Chancellor is fighting against nationalist tendencies within the EU and relies heavily on the youth. Tsipras had made the day before, also for the fight against nationalist forces in the EU.

MERKEL AND TSIPRAS: the first Meeting of Merkel as head of government with Tsipras in Athens has closed for both a kind of political circle. The Chancellor is faced during your visit with two of the key challenges that are likely to remain with their term of office, connected, and also for Tsipras: The fight against the debt crisis and the refugee crisis, the Merkel almost cost him the office.

Tsipras has been in the debt crisis is one of the sharpest Merkel-critics. After he took office at the beginning of 2015, he has, however, made a u-turn and implemented by Brussels and Berlin demanded reforms and austerity measures to a large extent.

Greece crisis: Merkel stated after the Meeting with Tsipras, the reforms in Greece should be continued, the country was not yet at the end of the Reformwegs. They paid tribute to the efforts of the Greek people, “which has gone through difficult times” to come out of the financial crisis. Tsipras stressed that Merkel and experience a completely different Greece, the growth score. “We are not more part of the problem, but part of the solution.”

MIGRATION: The Chancellor demanded of Greece for the consistent implementation of the Flüchtlingspakts of the EU with Turkey. “The Situation on the Islands is still very, very challenging,” she said, in view of the especially on the Aegean Islands of Lesvos and Samos furthermore, the dramatic conditions in the refugee camps. Still have the rear functioning leadership of the refugees in Turkey are not sufficient. They wanted to work on it, “that this part of the agreement can be implemented more effectively”. Tsipras pointed out that the refugee crisis could only be in a European network of all the countries solved.

the name dispute WITH MACEDONIA: Merkel gave Tsipras the back cover for the attempt to the Greek name dispute with Macedonia to settle. The Overcoming of the dispute will benefit all sides. Skopje and Athens had to rename agreed in June that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in Northern Macedonia. Greek Conservatives and nationalists criticize this Arrangement, because a Northern Greek province is called Macedonia. They fear territorial claims of the neighbors. Athens blocked for decades, therefore the approach of Macedonia to the EU and Nato.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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