German media reports on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Athens to meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Oct. 9 concentrated not on the economic talks but the protests which caricatured her as a bullying Nazi.
Most mass media published pictures from the protests and the rage of Greeks furious over austerity measures that she has insisted on in return for continued international aid to keep the Greek economy afloat.
According to Handelsblatt daily, the Greek protesters made posts of Merkel looking like the boogey man and declaring “No to the 4th Reich,” while others burnt Nazi flags.
“High security measures taken for the German Chancellor visit to Athens remind one more of a visit to Afghanistan rather than a European country. Adenauer had an easier mission back in 1954,”the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted in a report that analyzed the differences in substance and reception between the visit of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Angela Merkel.
The German daily also highlighted that Merkel’s trip to Athens back in 2007 was deemed by many as pre-election support to the then-government of Costas Karamanlis and that no Greek candidate would want to have her support these days.