German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble expressed his respect for the problems Greece had to overcome as part of the country’s reform effort adding that performance in several areas has exceeded expectations.
The comments come after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin for talks last Friday.
The Greek premier came out of that meeting with a message of support from Angela Merkel strengthening the Greek side’s hand in ongoing negotiations with the troika.
The political support of the German Chancellor is very important to Greece’s coalition government as it aims to convince inspectors that it is carrying out the economic program and structural reforms with considerable success, proven in part by the primary surplus in the budget this year.
The Samaras-Merkel meeting proved the Greek government has grown stronger through its efforts in implementing the adjustment program and will now actively seek to ensure Greece is granted debt relief in some form or other, addressing the all-important fiscal issue.
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(Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: The Council of the European Union)