Τρίτη, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2012

she said.....he said.....

Angela Merkel is unshakeable as Athens resounds with angry chants

The German chancellor insisted she was not in Greece as a task-master, but protesters outside were having none of it.                                       
"I have not come as a task-master," she said, her eyes elevated towards the room's ornate sunlit ceiling as if focusing on some indefinable spot. "And nor have I come as a teacher to give grades," she added, now focusing intently on the marble floor. "I have come as a friend to listen and be informed."
 "I come in full and firm awareness of what the people of Greece are going through," she insisted. But, she continued, Europe's weakest link was badly in need of change – and, if reforms were not made now, they would come back "in a much more dramatic way".
"I come from East Germany and I know how long it takes to build reform," she said, almost by way of reassurance. "The road for the people of Greece is very tough, very difficult, but they have put a good bit of the path behind them. I want to say you are making progress!"
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Angela Merkal and Antonis Samaras
As Merkel, the pastor's daughter, spoke, Samaras, whose background is privileged elite, Harvard and moneyed, looked on and winced.
"Greeks are a proud people," he said. "And our enemy is recession. But we are not asking for favours. In my discussion with the German chancellor I pointed out, however, that the Greek people are bleeding."
As he spoke, Merkel remained absolutely static before pursing her lips and looking away.
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guardian

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