Merkel says Greece covered "much ground" but needs more reforms

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 7:34 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — German chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery.

On a five-hour visit to Athens on today, Merkel said she hoped Greece would remain in the 17-country eurozone -- the group of nations that use the euro currency. But, she stressed that the Greek government still needs to push through more key cost-cutting reforms.

After talks with conservative Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (ahn-TOH'-nees sah-mah-RAHS'), Merkel said "There is daily progress," and the effort "should be seen through," otherwise circumstances later will be "even more dramatic."

Some 50,000 demonstrators turned out in Athens to protest Merkel's visit. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.

AltSamaras said Merkel's visit had ended his country's "international isolation."

%@AP Links

APPHOTO XTS128: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a statements to the media alongside Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, not seen, at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XTS128 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XDM130: Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XDM130 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XTS125: Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak after their statements to the media at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XTS125 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XDM123: Riot police confront a demonstrator during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, German chancellor Angela Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XDM123 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XDM121: A protestor throws a piece of metal towards the police during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XDM121 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XDM126: Riot police fight with demonstrators during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XDM126 (10/09/12)>>

APPHOTO XTS115: Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, left, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel makes her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began here three years ago. Her five-hour stop is seen by the government as a historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency, but by protesters as a harbinger of more austerity and hardship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool) (9 Oct 2012)

<<APPHOTO XTS115 (10/09/12)>>

Print
Email
|