Nana Mouskouri says Greek-German relations have hit a bad patch but are not fundamentally in danger, in a German newspaper Friday ahead of a tour of the country.
“We know that the Germans are the most important and indispensable group of visitors for our tourism,” Mouskouri, who was born on the island of Crete and lived through the country’s occupation by the Nazis, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
But the 77-year-old polyglot singer said that ties between Greece and Germany were not just about money. Over the years, mutual esteem and trust had built up between the two which, though currently a little clouded, were solid, she said.
In 2010, Mouskouri, who is about to launch a small tour of Germany, offered Athens the pension she gets as a former member of the European parliament in a drive to help it tackle its huge debt crisis.
The trained opera singer served as a member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 1999.
(source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)