It looks like the tense relationship between Greece and Germany could get rid of some pressure. Alexis Tsipras, who is the Prime-Minister of Greece, and Germany`s most powerful lady, Angela Merkel are trying to ease the tension that is at the moment characteristic to the interaction between the two countries.
Right now, one cannot precisely say if Chancellor Angela Merkel will reach an agreement with Greece`s Prime-Minister in connection with the war debt that Germany is asked to pay to the Mediterranean state, which is in a grave economic situation. But what we know is that Ms. Merkel is ready to welcome Prime-Minister Tsipras with the highly prestigious custom of military honors, when the head of the Greek cabinet arrives at her Chancellery.
There were four weeks of trying to reach such an agreement, but with no precise results until now. What is sure is that Greece has to present a plan of reforms to be implemented in the next period in the Mediterranean country, in order to receive the amount of money lent by the three most important creditors which have a relationship with Athens. The principal creditors are the International Monetary Fund, The Central Bank of Europe and the European Commission. The last one functions as a representative of all the 18 other states which are part of the Eurozone.
Prime-Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote a letter on March 15 in which he mentions the economic problems of Greece. The message was intended to reach the ears of people who can do anything about it. Thus the letter was sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel and other important leaders in the European Union, among them: the President of France, Francois Hollande and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
The message of Prime-Minister Alexis Tsipras has been heard and leaders started negotiations and discussions. As a result of receiving the letter, last week a meeting took place in Brussels, attended by Mr. Alexis Tsipras, the French president, the German leader and the European leader.
Gavriil Sakellaridis, who is the Greek cabinet`s spokesman said that the European leaders listened to the Prime-Minister`s message at the meeting in Brussels. Sakellaridis also added that Greece is in a very serious situation. It was no joke when Greece announced that soon the Mediterranean state will have to make an incredibly-hard decision: it will have to choose whether it will pay the salaries and the pensions or their debts to the creditors. The Greek spokesman emphasized this aspect, saying that it has stopped to be a threat, something that could or could not occur. It has become reality and unless something is done Greece might become unable to pay its citizens or to honor their debts.
As we have said, an agreement is expected but nothing precise has come out of the debates between the European leaders. Chancellor Angela Merkel`s spokesman, Steffen Seibert admitted that, indeed, a letter from Prime-Minister Alexi Tsipras had arrived at Berlin. He reiterated Angela Merkel`s position regarding Greece`s situation, who last week stated that, in the end, an agreement is not her decision, but it is in the prerogatives of the Eurozone and in the responsibilities of the creditors. Seibert added that from the talks that happened on Monday, little should be expected. They would not bring clear solutions to the matter.
The diplomatic scene is not the safest place to be in general, but last period`s relationship between Berlin and Athens were pretty harsh. Each part`s finance ministers have been involved in verbal animosity. Moreover, the Greek minister, Yanis Varaoufakis, is the main character in a controversy about a middle finger gesture pointed at Germany, during an international meeting that took place in Croatia two years ago.
Furthermore, the last weeks brought a new subject to the table, which has also caused a lot of fuss. The Greeks assume that Germany has to pay taxes for war reparations and for the crimes the Nazi have committed during World War II. Germany`s left wing took Greece`s request into consideration, but, in the end, the center-right and center-left coalition that is Germany`s cabinet decided to comment no further on the matter, considering it a closed case.
But it`s not only animosity between Greece and Germany. A sign of reconciliation was given by the two states` foreign ministers. They have discussed over a dinner that lasted three hours on Sunday night. The two ministers were colleagues at the University of Giessen. The dinner seemed to unfurl in a very pleasant way, at least according to the German minister`s spokesman.
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