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Samaras Visits Bavaria For Fresh Start

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he was looking forward to a “new start” in Greece’s relations with the conservative German state of Bavaria, one of his country’s harshest critics, ahead of his visit there on Dec. 9.
Samaras’ trip to meet with Bavaria’s State Premier Horst Seehofer is another sign of the new thaw in Greek-German relations that started when Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Athens in October this year and was convinced of Greek government’s commitment to painful reforms.
Many Greeks are bitter over what they see as German interference in Greece’s sovereign affairs and for demanding harsh austerity measures in return for international loans, of which Germany is the biggest contributor.
Samaras told the Muenchner Merkur newspaper in an interview published in its weekend edition: “We are partners, we share the same values and ideals. We have nothing to hide from each other, but a lot to gain when we talk. I’m looking forward to a new start in our relations.”
Seehofer and his Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s conservatives, have fallen Merkel’s leader and said they agree with her that the cost of constantly bailout out Greece is less costly than the chaos that would follow if it left the Eurozone.
(Source: Reuters)

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