The Greek debt crisis and subsequent austerity measures have left many people without jobs. Analysts say unemployment could reach 30 percent this year. As many struggle to get by, others are seeking jobs, and a future, abroad – some in Germany.
The German Interior Ministry has announced it has reached a deal that will allow it to return asylum-seekers to Greece. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain's Pedro Sanchez agreed to a similar compromise last week.
A German government program aims to help migrants who choose to leave Germany voluntarily to find jobs and prospects in their home countries. But critics say the results of the program are little more than lip service.
As Orthodox Christian nations on the frontiers of Europe, Russia and Greece have long enjoyed close ties. The recent name dispute with Macedonia, however, has led to a falling out between the two countries.
Debt relief measures for Greece, agreed by the EU in June, have been estimated to cost €34 billion, a German daily reports. The package gave Athens a 15-year deferral in loan repayments and interest.
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