Merkel: Germany recognises ‘historical responsibility’ for Nazi crimes in Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during their meeting in Athens on 11 January 2019

"I'm particularly happy to see that the situation has changed so much, unemployment has fallen", Ms. Merkel said after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens.

Three years ago, a Greek parliamentary commission put outstanding war reparations at €289 billion euros ($333 billion).

Merkel had wanted to talk with pupils of the German school of Athens on the future of Europe - the Chancellor is fighting against nationalist tendencies within the European Union and relies heavily on the youth.

"We have the will and the strength to say no to centrifugal forces that propose national entrenchment, nationalism and racism as the answer to the economic and geopolitical challenges of globalisation", Tsipras said.

During at a Friday protest by Greek school teachers angered by a Tsipras government plan to hire new teachers, some demonstrators removed and damaged a wreath that had been laid earlier by Merkel at Athen's Unknown Soldier's monument. 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.

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The two-day program, a contrast with her brief stopover in April 2014, is a reminder of the geopolitical crises that shaped Merkel as Europe's preeminent leader-the euro crisis and Europe's migration turmoil. They paid tribute to the efforts of the Greek people, "which has gone through hard times" to come out of the financial crisis.

The UN Refugee Agency recently said 32,000 people entered Greek islands from Turkey previous year - compared to a 2015 peak of 850,000, which resulted in an EU-Turkey pact to identify asylum-seekers and send back so-called economic migrants.

"There are many Iraqis, many Afghans and many others for whom we have no solution in the deal". Still have the rear functioning leadership of the refugees in Turkey are not sufficient.

Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev have agreed in principle for Skopje to switch to "the Republic of North Macedonia". Greek Conservatives and nationalists criticize this Arrangement, because a Northern Greek province is called Macedonia.

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