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.