Europe

Greek Prime Minister in Berlin

Closer cooperation on economy, energy and climate

Germany and Greece intend to step up cooperation in the energy and climate sectors, stressed Chancellor Angela Merkel during the visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Their talks also explored economic and European-policy issues, and topical aspects of migration.

Chancellor Angela Merkel during talks with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece's Prime Minister

Inaugural visit - the Chancellor welcomed the new Greek Prime Minister, who was visiting Berlin for the first time

Photo: Bundesregierung/Denzel

During the visit of the Greek Prime Minister, the Chancellor pointed to bilateral relations between the two countries, which, she said, "are good, but could still be stepped up". Angela Merkel underscored the desire of both states "to cooperate more closely in the energy and climate sectors, and in terms of economic contacts in general". 

Investment opportunities for German companies

The Chancellor welcomed the planned economic reform agenda, announced by the Greek Prime Minister. The reform plans, which also provide for privatisation, will make it easier for German companies to invest, she said. And, said the Chancellor, the plans "will make it easier for Greece to meet the commitments it still has within the scope of the financing programmes".

Stopping illegal migration

On the question of migration, both leaders reaffirmed their support for the EU-Turkey Agreement. "I am happy that one priority of the work of the new Greek government is to breathe life into this agreement," said the Chancellor. This is to ensure "that migrants actually return, thus ending illegal migration".

With a view to European policy, Angela Merkel and Kyriakos Mitsotakis discussed the extension of the European Union, in particular accession negotiations with Serbia and Montenegro, and the future of negotiations regarding the accession of North Macedonia and Albania.

In June, the German Cabinet approved the establishment of a German-Greek youth office, which is to bring together young people from the two countries and thus help improve mutual understanding. The German office is to be based in Leipzig.