Merkel Pledges Support For Greece On Athens Visit

Via Ekathimerini:

The release of Greece’s next tranche of bailout funding should be secured in November if the government agrees on its latest austerity package with the troika and pushes ahead with 89 structural reforms that form part of its bailout commitments, German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during a brief but significant visit to Athens on Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Greece on Tuesday that the “tough path” of painful spending cuts will pay off, as tens of thousands of protesters massed in the capital in a show of anger against her visit to the eurozone’s most indebted nation, according to France 24.

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters attempting to storm a barricade just blocks away from where Merkel was meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, while small gangs of masked youths threw bottles at riot police.

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