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Germany’s Merkel visits Athens to promote post-austerity ties

AFP
ATHENS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Greece amid tight security on Thursday, as she looks to turn the page on the biting austerity measures that sparked major protests during her last official visit to Athens in 2014.
Nearly 2,000 police have been deployed to supervise Merkel’s visit and authorities have banned demonstrations around the home of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, where the two leaders are set to meet.
Relations between Greece and Germany have calmed since her previous visits in 2012 and 2014, which were overshadowed by angry anti-austerity rallies.
Merkel’s visit is seen as a chance to leave behind a fraught period caused by tough German demands for Greek austerity accompanying EU bailouts for the country during the eurozone sovereign debt crisis.
Greece, which left eight years of bailout programmes behind last year, has also been deeply affected by the European migrant crisis in recent years.

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