The German government sought to distance itself from German newspaper Die Welt’s article on the Greek government.
Die Welt published an article over the weekend that described Greece as a ship without a captain, arguing that the Greek government is delaying the application of the bailout prescription.
The article prompted the Greek government to issue a response that spoke out against “misinformation” by Greece’s enemies. The Greek government’s response does not directly refer to Die Welt but to “provocative German press articles”.
The German government’s Steffen Seibert noted on Monday that although the report had not come under his attention, Greece does have a government and Germany negotiates with them when there is something that needs to be addressed.
The article also alleged that the German Embassy in Athens had reported that Greece is essentially ungoverned.
The German Embassy in Athens officially addressed Die Welt’s allegations, noting that the German government as well as the German embassy in Athens does not comment on media articles that include “hypothetical internal correspondence”.
The reply further notes that the German Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier had applauded the Greek government’s effort to deal with the various problems the country is facing, during his recent visit to Athens.