News / Europe

German Leader Receives Hostile Reception in Greece

A fire burns as riot police look on during clashes with activists protesting German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in Athens, Greece, Oct. 9, 2012.
A fire burns as riot police look on during clashes with activists protesting German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in Athens, Greece, Oct. 9, 2012.
VOA News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Greece the sacrifices it makes toward cutting spending will pay off, an unpopular message to tens of thousands who protested her visit to the country.

Merkel made her remarks after meeting Tuesday with conservative Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens.  Her five-hour stop in Greece was her first visit to the country since the eurozone crisis began several years ago.

Thousands of police were spread throughout the capital to control more than 25,000 protesters.  Police briefly clashed with some demonstrators and detained at least 40 people.

  • Riot police shields are splattered with paint thrown by protesters during a protest in front of the parliament in Athens, Greece, October 9, 2012.
  • A protester throws a flare towards riot police during clashes during a protest in Athens, Greece, October 9, 2012.
  • A garbage bin burns as riot police look on during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens, Greece, October 9, 2012.
  • A protester reacts after riot police use tear gas during clashes in central Athens, Greece, October 9, 2012.
  • Greek President Karolos Papoulias, right, attends a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, at the Presidential palace in Athens, Greece, October 9, 2012.

The protesters' anger stems from Greece's struggle to keep up with commitments needed to guarantee it will pay its debts and retain long-term euro membership.  The Samaras government has pursued massive new austerity measures that are deeply unpopular.

Merkel has been vilified in Greece for her role in encouraging those measures, especially as Greeks struggle with an ongoing recession.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid