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Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis – What does her visit signify (photo-video)

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Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

A plane carrying Angela Merkel from Greece to Berlin landed in Athens shortly before eight last night. Last night, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hosted a private dinner at the German Chancellery at his home in Lycabettus.

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

Angela Merkel is visiting Greece for the last time as Chancellor of Germany, at the invitation of the Prime Minister.

Tomorrow's program begins at nine in the morning with her speech to young people , which will take place at the Goethe Institute in Athens. Then, he will go to the Presidential Palace, where at 10:15 he will meet the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Immediately after, at 10:50, Mrs. Merkel will meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Palace. After their meeting, statements to the press will follow.

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

As part of the Chancellor's official visit to Greece, ELAS is proceeding with traffic regulations on roads in Attica. The emergency traffic regulations are valid until noon on Friday, October 29, with interruptions and diversions of vehicle traffic.

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

All issues on the agenda of the discussions

The visit of the German Chancellor marks the new phase in which the relations between the two countries are going, as Merkel, after 16 years at the helm of Germany, is leaving the Chancellery.

Thus, Merkel and Mitsotakis will discuss all the material, with a view to the next day. The main issues that will “fall” on the table of consultations will be the Greek-Turkish, the refugee, climate change and the economic cooperation between Greece and Germany.

Against the backdrop of Ankara's provocations, the four leaders will include Euro-Turkish relations. The focus will also be on the agreements that Greece has made recently, with emphasis on the signing of an energy agreement with Egypt on the electricity interconnection.

In addition to bilateral economic relations, Merkel and Mitsotakis will also discuss fiscal rules.

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

The epilogue of an intense relationship

“Europe still exists, in part thanks to Angela Merkel,” said Johannes Farwick, a professor of international relations and European politics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Of course, Mr. Farvik is German. A Greek might have had a different opinion, or he might not have been so absolute. The chancellor's relationship with Europe inevitably goes through its policy for Greece. And this, until it was normalized, was painful, unequal, full of thorns, embarrassment, cynicism.

On May 19, 2010, Angela Merkel declared, for the first time, “if the euro fails, Europe will also fail”, thus marking her decision to give the green light to support the Greek economy. She has repeated the same phrase dozens of times since then – perhaps to make her believe it. On May 18, 2010, speaking at a party meeting, he said that “it is not possible to have a common currency and one to take many vacations while the other very few”. Help is conditional, he insisted.

“We can not just show solidarity and say that these countries will continue as before. Yes, Germany helps, but only when others make an effort. And the effort must be proven. ” That's it. The legend of the lazy Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, was born and would overshadow the whole subsequent period. Der Spiegel magazine recently wrote that Mrs. Merkel is endowed with “great perspicacity, but no temperament.” And the euro crisis may have needed less than the first and more than the second.

But Angela Merkel's view of Europe was somewhat different from what the European South would have hoped for. Growing up in East Germany, she learned to see Europe from the outside. It was not a “convinced Europe”, it did not realize – at least in the beginning – the breadth and depth of the Union, nor the importance of its cohesion. Fortunately, he realized it, even at five o'clock. But, as her critics say, Helmut Kohl's “European passion” probably never acquired it, or at least did not find a vision to inspire it. Maybe that's why, as she confessed a few days ago, she felt the greatest weight on her shoulders when she “had” to ask so much from the Greeks. And she looked at how she would get rid of this burden, but she seemed to not care what she would leave behind.

Merkel in Athens: Dinner with Kyriakos Mitsotakis overlooking the Acropolis - What does her visit signify (photo-video)

Taking stock, she admitted that she demanded too much from Greek society. He did it without trying to justify himself. After all, crisis management was anything but beneficial at home. For Greece and the rest of the South, it was very little, very timid, very strict. For many Germans, she neglected the interests of her country. ” He turned the screws here and there, kept the machine running somehow, but lacked a 'big strategy' for a strong Europe,” Spiegel attributed (again). Jürgen Habermas was then talking about the “peaceful mess around her”.

The euro was not saved (only) by itself, as Mr. Farvik believes. She, however, albeit slowly, is certainly credited with the determination with which she rejected Wolfgang Schieble's plans for a temporary (?) Withdrawal of Greece from the Eurozone in 2015. She had meanwhile realized that Europe's power does not come solely from economic its strength and that the chain is as strong as its weakest link.

Source: politis.com.cy

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