Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Tuesday, she said she was sure that Greece’s future was worth the effort.
Mrs. Merkel praised Greece for reducing its budget deficit, but said that reforms should be accelerated.
Her visit took place amid tight security and mass protests organized by trade unions. About 7,000 policemen were deployed in central Athens.
Athens is gripped with protests against the
Merkel has come to Greece for talks with Greece Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The two are discussing the measures for cutting Greece’s budget deficit in exchange for the bailout from the EU and the IMF.
Since 2010 Athens has been no longer capable to serve its 300 billion euro debt and has been financing its liabilities using the financial support of the EU and the IMF.