Barthle: The period of the memoranda has finished for Greece

State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Chancellor’s Representative for the German-Greek Assembly Norbert Barthle said that Greece is moving ahead and is on a rising path. “We saw with great pleasure the conclusion of the third programme. Now the period of the memoranda has finished for Greece” said Barthle in an interview with Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Sunday.

“Greece and the Greek people have left behind eight really difficult years. I do not know what would have happened if Mr. Tsipras did not existed who made many things that others did not succeed to implement” said Barthle.

“I do not know what the future will be but the omens are not bad. Greece has crossed the deep valley of tears but has not yet reached paradise, the youth unemployment is still high and the economy is not growing as much as it could. There are still many things to be done but there are good signs” estimated Barthle.

Referring to the Greek-German Assembly, he said that three are the main targets “the creation of partnerships between the municipalities and the communities in the sectors of agriculture, tourism, energy and waste management. The second target is to give emphasis on the economic dimension of the Assembly, namely, to include the local chambers of commerce in these partnerships because the experience showed that where strong economies exist we need strong municipalities and communities and vice versa. The third target refers to the Greek-German Assembly which I want to organise it in a way that it will exist in the future. To become an institution which nobody would like to abolish, which will exist independent of who is governing”.

At an ANA question on the nazi occupation in Greece and the war reparations, Barthle noted “We are totally aware of Germany’s huge and historic responsibilities due to the nazi past even if we did not were alive then and it is about our grandparents. The past is something we must keep in our memory but its elaboration can become the basis to build a harmonic and friendly cooperation for the future”.

On the Greek-German relations, Barthle said to ANA that “they have improved significantly at government and at public opinion level”.[contact-form][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /][contact-field label=”Message” type=”textarea” /][/contact-form]