Tough path taken by Greece will pay off: Merkel

ATHENS Tue Oct 9, 2012 9:32am EDT

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (R) upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos airport near Athens October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Dimitris Doudoumis//ICON

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (R) upon arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos airport near Athens October 9, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Dimitris Doudoumis//ICON

ATHENS (Reuters) - The tough path Greece is on will pay off, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday during a visit to Athens marred by clashes between police and protesters.

In her first visit to Greece since the debt crisis erupted here in 2009, Merkel commended Athens for what she described as important reform successes, but said more work was needed to reduce the country's debt mountain and restore competitiveness.

"A lot has been accomplished," Merkel said after talks with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Samaras said Greeks were "bleeding" but would stick to their reform pledges and were determined to stay in the euro.

(Writing by Matt Robinson)

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Comments (2)
Willvp wrote:
tough path will pay off….

for German banks.

Oct 09, 2012 9:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
EthicsIntl wrote:
Yes Sir,
Another Greek Bankster and a former associate of Goldman Sucks & its likes is again robing the Greek workers with Nazi assistance.
I hope the Greek people will wake up and get out of the Euro before they loose EVERYTHING… of what little there is left….& hopefully the German people will send Angela Merkel to retirement next year.

Oct 09, 2012 10:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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