Resistance in Berlin The Return of the Iron Chancellor

Antonis Samaras' trip to Germany next week will be a complicated one. The Greek prime minister is expected to ask Angela Merkel for his country to be given two more years to adhere to the austerity conditions attached to the country's EU-IMF bailout program. With political resistance growing in Berlin, the chancellor has little leeway for compromise.
Many politicians in Berlin believe German Chancellor Angela Merkel may follow a tough line with Greece when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visits next week.

Many politicians in Berlin believe German Chancellor Angela Merkel may follow a tough line with Greece when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visits next week.

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Additional reporting by Severin Weiland