Greece, Germany put past tension behind them as Merkel visits

Protesters clash with police in Athens during Angela Merkel's visit to the country

Protesters clash with police in Athens during Angela Merkel's visit to the country

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

Germany's support to Greece during the hard bailout period from 2010 until August 2018, as well as in the post-bailout era, is support to the EU's cohesion, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Friday, welcoming German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Athens.

The German Chancellor, in reference to the upcoming European elections, said that she was united with Tsipras "in the deeply-held conviction that it is through cooperation in Europe, not nationalism, that we will have a better future".

"That is why it's a lesson for us to do everything to have good relations with Greece, and to lend each other support for the prosperity of both countries".

Tensions linger over wartime reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation of Greece, with Berlin arguing the issue was settled in 1960 in a deal with several European governments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, while visiting Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday (above), said it was unacceptable long-term that "some European nations say this [migration] problem doesn't interest us at all".

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The issue had been discussed on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Merkel added.

The demands of Greece regarding the reparations for crimes of the "inhuman" Nazi invasion of Greece and the occupational loan issue are "legal" and "legally enforceable", Pavlopoulos told reporters.

Tsipras, who was in opposition during Merkel's last visit, was asked about his demand back then that Merkel go back to Germany.

This time, Merkel backed Tsipras's efforts to resolve a name dispute with Greece's northern neighbor, the Republic of Macedonia, which could clear that country's path to joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Merkel's first foreign trip this year is part of a new phase of her chancellorship after she surrendered her post as Christian Democratic Union party leader in October and said she won't run for a fifth term as chancellor.

Greece was forced to hand over 476 million reichmarks, which Greek officials have estimated at $69.14 billion (6-10 billion euros).

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