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German president bound for Greece with focus on jobs, reparations

Europe
10.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is leaving on Wednesday for a state visit to Greece, where he will meet his Greek counterpart for talks on the country‘s emergence from the debt crisis and youth unemployment.

Steinmeier will begin his official programme on Thursday with a visit to the former concentration camp Haidari, which was operated by the Nazis in an Athens suburb during the Axis occupation of Greece in World War II.

The president‘s talks with counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos are likely to include the long-standing Greek claim for reparations for Germany‘s war-time occupation. The Hellenic government says its calculations indicate Germany owes it as much as 332 billion euros (381 billion dollars).

Also on Thursday, Steinmeier will hold talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias about current affairs including Athens‘ name dispute with Macedonia.

On Friday, Steinmeier will accompany his Greek counterpart on a trip to his home in Kalamata, the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula.

In August, Greece emerged from a series of bailout programmes and is now tasked with financing itself independently. Athens remains under close monitoring by its international creditors.

The country emerged from the third and final bailout with a cash cushion of 24 billion euros drawn from three test runs on the financial market over the past year.

 

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