Merkel arrives in Athens


Angela Merkel, the outgoing German Chancellor, arrived in Athens for a farewell visit shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, she headed for a private dinner at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ house. The dinner ended around 11 p.m. and the Chancellor retired to her hotel.

Turkey was among the issues informally discussed; Merkel had met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently.

On Friday, Merkel will deliver a speech at 9 a.m. At Athens’ Goethe Institute. Then, she will meet the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou at 10.15 a.m. and Mitsotakis at 10.50. Statements to the press will follow.