• Germany's news in English

Greek PM set to visit Bavaria over bail-out

The Local · 22 Oct 2012, 14:44

Published: 22 Oct 2012 14:44 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The trip could even happen before the end of this year, CSU leader and Bavaria state premier Horst Seehofer told Monday’s Süddeutsche Zeitungnewspaper.

Seehofer, whose party includes some of those most critical of Greece and its continued presence in the euro zone, said he would welcome Samaras, and would be prepared to travel to Greece in a return visit, the paper said.

The news comes in the lead-up to national parliamentary elections and state elections in Bavaria next year, both due next September.

Merkel, whose Christian Democrats (CDU) are in a coalition with the CSU and the free-market Free Democrats (FDP), recently returned from a trip to Greece during which she pledged that the two countries would work closely together. She was greeted by riots in the streets as protests against the austerity measures she has championed, turned violent.

The CSU has been very critical of the euro rescue, with the party’s executive secretary Alexander Dobrindt and Bavaria’s finance minister Markus Söder calling for a quick Greek exit from the common currency, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said. Söder has reportedly said that the Greeks must be made an “example” of.

But at the CSU party conference last week, the party’s tone softened, and Seehofer showed a willingness to support Merkel’s position of preserving the euro, the paper reported, calling her approach “exactly right”.

At the conference, Merkel reiterated her intention to continue fighting for the common currency. “Europe is our great insurance that we can continue to lead our lives in peace and freedom,” she said to great applause, the paper reported.

Samaras and Seehofer were put in contact with each other by the vice president of the Bavarian state parliament, Reinhold Bocklet (CSU), who told the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Samaras attaches great importance to the talks with Bavaria.”

Story continues below…

The Local/mbw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Germans think they're fit, but they're really couch potatoes
Photo: DPA.

There's been an increase in the number of Germans who define themselves as "fit", but their lifestyle choices don't quite match this self-perception.

10 fascinating facts you never knew about German beer
Tennis coach Boris Becker and his wife Lilly at Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich. Photo: DPA

From malt and monks to Radlers and rivalries, the story of German beer is as rich and wonderful as its selection.

Intensive farming 'endangers a third of German species'
Photo: DPA

There are 32,000 species of animal, plant and mushroom life native to Germany. Due to intensive farming methods, one in every three of these is endangered, a new report shows.

German hospital uses therapy to 'treat' paedophiles
A poster from the campaigne "Don't offend", which offers therapy to paedophiles. The sign reads "Do you love kids more than you'd prefer? There's help." Photo: DB Scholz & Friends / DPA.

A unique German initiative is offering therapy to paedophiles to control their urges, with the aim of getting them help before they offend.

Minister: 'no tolerance' for clowns after chainsaw attack
Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for a zero-tolerance approach to 'killer clowns' after a series of attacks culminating in two teenagers being chased by a clown wielding a chainsaw.

Baby who was auctioned on eBay taken away from father
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd