Merkel expected in Athens before Easter

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to pay an official visit to Greece before Easter (April 20), sources have told Kathimerini.

A date for the trip has not yet been set but Merkel is expected to show her support for Greece’s adjustment efforts in the wake of its next bailout tranche being approved at an informal Eurogroup in Athens on April 1.

The Greek government is hoping that it will be able to obtain some kind of commitment from its eurozone partners at a May 5 Eurogroup that there will be further debt relief for Greece. Merkel’s last visit to Greece was in October 2012, prompting a large protest in central Athens.