Merkel urges Greece to maintain austerity to stay in euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her first visit to Greece in five years to maintain pressure on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to meet austerity pledges.

9th October, 2012
Merkel urges Greece to maintain austerity to stay in euro
Antonis Samaras, Greece's prime minister, speaks with Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, during their meeting at Maximos mansion in Athens today.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her first visit to Greece in five years to maintain pressure on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to meet austerity pledges, proclaiming her desire to keep the country in the euro.

The two leaders stood side by side at a press conference as protesters massed outside the Parliament building in a capital city on virtual lockdown. Merkel has become the face of austerity in a country suffering a fifth year...

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