Athens, December 8, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Greece has a government and what we have to discuss with the country, we are discussing it with the country’s government and its partners”, said the German government spokesman Steven Zaibert when asked to comment on a report that allegedly the German Embassy in Athens has submitted, in which Greece is described as “rudderless ship”.
Zaibert stated that he is not aware of such a report, but that he would make an inquiry to internal reports. Officials of the German government, however, spoke for the good relationship and regular communication of the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias.
Asked about whether Berlin is satisfied with the course of reforms in Greece, he said: “I will not make any domestic political assessment here. In any case, the point is not for one of the member states to be happy, but the European partners of Greece as a whole. This is discussed regularly, that is why there are the institutions, that is why there is the Eurogroup. We are not here to make bilateral evaluations”.
What does the German Embassy say
“The Federal Government and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens consistently do not comment on press reports, which concern hypothetical internal correspondence”, says the German Embassy in Athens in a surprise announcement after the uproar with “ungovernable country”.
The announcement goes one:
“The Federal Minister Mr Steinmeier during his recent visit to Athens praised all his interlocutors, particularly the Prime Minister, for the performance of the Greek government to address the difficult challenges Greece is faced with”.
“An address in which Germany assists greatly”, was added in the announcement of the Embassy, which concludes: “In this spirit, the Federal Government and the Embassy cooperate closely and confidentially with all the Greek authorities”.
Government sources, on the occasion of this Communication, stressed the importance of the initiative for the adoption of the Communication which contradicted the report in the German press.
Government sources also highlight the reference to “hypothetical” internal correspondence, and the explicit reference to the support from the German Foreign Minister Steinmeier as wellas that of the German Government to the Greek government for all the challenges, that is as regards the implementation of the greek Programme but aslo the management of the refugee crisis.
Catastrophic characterised the result of the many-months negotiations Greece – lenders German Welt. According to reports, the first evaluation will be further delayed and might be completed in the summer.
“According to three-page report of the German Embassy in Athens dated December 1, Greece is practically ungovernable. The country reminds a wayward ship, was stated (in the report) in the preamble of the meeting of European finance ministers on Monday.”
According to the same information, “Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos is ‘friendly but little is taking place'”.
Response of the Maximos
Early in the morning the Office of the prime minister issued a response on the said article in Die Welte.