Merkel vists Greece to boost Macedonia deal

Police Tear Gas Greeks Who Defied Ban on Protesting Merkel Visit		ARIS MESSINIS  AFP  Getty Images11 Jan 2019

Police Tear Gas Greeks Who Defied Ban on Protesting Merkel Visit ARIS MESSINIS AFP Getty Images11 Jan 2019

Alluding to Visegrad Group aversions to asylum-seeker relocations to their nations within the EU, Merkel said members such as Greece on the EU's Mediterranean frontier were "not being given an adequate answer" on how they were to cope with migrant arrivals.

In a more accurate translation, the chancellor said Germany was "conscious of historical responsibility" over the "suffering" caused by the Nazis in Greece. "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. 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 nearly cost him the office. She came indeed to check what the entire European Union leadership has created in Greece.

"There are many Iraqis, many Afghans and many others for whom we have no solution in the deal. Europe needs to take care of that too", Merkel admitted. "We share the position of Greece on the refugee crisis that it is an issue that concerns everyone", she said, adding that, "we believe every country must contribute to the resolution of this problem."As regards the Prespes name deal, Merkel tells said she believed the agreement was a "positive development not just for Greece and "North Macedonia" for all sides", adding that a "peaceful resolution of the issue is in the interest of all".

The EU's "hotspot" screening system on islands had from the start been unable to cope, Oxfam said, citing cases of pregnant women being sent from camp clinics back to tents.

During talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Merkel highlighted how strong initial differences with his left-led government were gradually overcome over the past four years.

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Greece told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday it had grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European spirit has been strengthened through the management of common challenges and Europe will have a better future through cooperation and not nationalism.She gave a joint statement to the press with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday at the start of her two-day visit to Athens, reported Xinhua news agency."We have been through hard years".

Berlin argues that its payment to Athens of 115 million deutschmarks in 1960 (€59 million in today's currency) - coupled with a 1990 treaty at the moment German reunification - settled the issue.

In 2014, former German President Joachim Gauck sought forgiveness from relatives of Greeks murdered by the Nazis in northern Greece. A Greek Commission of experts had estimated the extent of the war damage to at least 289 billion euros.

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