German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted an invitation from Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to attend Friday's Euro 2012 quarter-final between Greece and Germany.
Berlin spokesman Georg Streiter said "She hopes for an exciting and fair match" Sport Co.UK
According to the Local
Merkel originally said that Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti wanted to bring forward a crucial finance meeting between Italy, Spain and France in Rome, but Streiter has now admitted Merkel asked for the meeting to be changed so she could attend the football game.
The German press claim that the game is far more than a football match to Greece where Frau Merkel would not win any popularity contests. Ta Nea
reported the Hamburg Morgenpost led with the headline "The Greeks want to see us suffer" and then opined "the Greeks are you seeking revenge, as it is much more than a football game. For the Greeks are a race in which they want to heal the wounded soul of their people - at least for a while. It is a night that they want to do mighty Germany to suffer as much as possible."
Ekathimerini reported the Berliner Kurier printed a cartoon on Tuesday of a government spokesman telling the German press "our stance on Greece remaining in the eurozone depends entirely upon how the quarterfinal goes."