Merkel: We are not abandoning Greece and Italy

Merkel: We are not abandoning Greece and Italy

Athens, May 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“I will do my best so that the borders won’t close. We can not abandon Greece and Italy”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzo.

“I was very critical of the closing of borders that was decided by FYROM. Greece welcomed 60,000 refugees in four weeks. It is as if Germany had welcomed 400,000 refugees in the same period”, added the Chancellor.

Angela Merkel also underlined that “the countries of the Union must have solidarity and understand that the external borders belong to everyone and the Commission rightly speaks of distribution of burdens and obligations”.

The Italian Prime Minister had attacked a few days ago Berlin’s policy, in an interview to RAI. Matteo Renzo had said: “The period during which they gave us lessons has ended. The German governor allocated EUR 247 billion and I hope it is enough for their banks. The governor has so many problems with which to deal. The less he concerns himself with Italy, the better”.

The political battle between the southern countries and Germany continues and the Italian Prime Minister is trying if anything to preempt any efforts from Berlin for the continuation of the economic policy of austerity, with a direct impact on the Italian, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese economies.