Athens attracts German criticism over economy, refugee crisis

A fresh war of words broke out between German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and the Greek government a few days before the country enters another challenging year.

In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Schaeuble said Greeks must not blame others for their problems.

“The Greeks should not put the blame for their problems only on others, they should also see how they can do better themselves,” he said. “It’s certainly not the lack of support in Europe that is missing, but the structural reforms that will make the country competitive,” he added.

The German finance minister was also highly critical of the way Athens has managed the refugee crisis.

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(Greek parliament. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)