This is her first trip to Greece since the beginning of the Greek debt crisis.
According to Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert:
It is a trip that of course happens to the backdrop of this very difficult situation that Greece is going through right now, the massive adjustment and reform measures that have shaped Greece for the past two years. We see that the reform efforts have increased under the Samaras government and we want to support that.
However, Greek Twitter users
have reacted to this news in their own caustic way.
Most users relate Merkel’s arrival to the upcoming anniversary of Ohi Day
(October 28) and the Axis occupation of Greece
Merkel should come on October 28, her visit would be much more meaningful then.
Merkel in Athens in 2012 like Hitler in Paris in 1940! She deserves a welcoming ceremony even warmer that that of Clinton in 1999!
All Google results for the Gorgopotamos bridge should be removed. This way Merkel will not get infuriated!
I don’t like stirring up things, but Tuesday, the day that Merkel arrives in Athens, is the anniversary day of the German bombing of Athens in 1944.
Some are a bit appearance-based…
Merkel asked to meet Papariga, to talk about fashion
could not be absent…
Now that we have the 600 billion dollars Merkel comes to take the debt and borrow from us…
As well as humour…
Merkel comes to fight unemployment. All Greeks will be recruited at MAT
(a special forces division famous for quelling protesters ).
The announcements made after the German Chancellor and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meet will certainly inspire social media users for more comments.