Merkel visit a sign of hope

German Chancellor Angela Merkel?s visit to Athens came as a welcome development. First of all, the visit signaled Berlin?s intention to stand by Greece and support the debt-hit country?s membership of the euro region.

It also showed that the German leader has an understanding of what the Greek people are going through as a result of the austerity measures demanded by our foreign creditors. Notwithstanding a certain degree of frustration and a small crowd of rowdy protesters, most people welcomed Merkel without resorting to extremist acts or overreacting.

Of course the Greek problem cannot possibly be resolved over the course of a single visit. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the government have taken on a huge burden and there is still a great deal of work ahead.

In any case, Merkel?s visit to the Greek capital and her support for the government suggest that we are indeed in the final stretch before we finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

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