Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras came to Berlin Friday with optimism in tow. With Athens forecasting economic growth, lower unemployment and more stable finances, he's out for recognition.
Greeks have long viewed the German finance minister as a symbol of failed austerity policies. But Athens is by no means joyful now that Wolfgang Schäuble is leaving after eight years in office, says Jannis Papadimitriou.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and German politicians have pressed for a tough stance on Turkey. But an EU summit next week may not deliver an immediate response.
Chancellor Merkel faces a historic task in forging a "Jamaica coalition" of the conservatives, Free Democrats and Greens. The parties have a long way to go to bridge their differences, and have no option but to succeed.
Chancellor Merkel and President Macron will meet ahead of an EU summit to discuss a shared view of the EU's future. Macron set out his vision for the bloc and wants Berlin's support, but Merkel has been non-committal.
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