Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras upbeat ahead of meeting with Germany's Merkel

Published January 08, 2013

| Associated Press

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is striking an upbeat tone ahead of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Samaras told reporters in Berlin on Tuesday that his country is "delivering and Europe is helping."

Greece has been struggling under the weight of massive government debts that required a series of international bailouts.

Germany and others have demanded sharp cuts in public spending in return for the financial aid.

Samaras said he saw "the glass half full" and had come to Berlin with a message of optimism.

He spoke ahead of a closed-doors conference organized by German newspaper Die Welt.

Samaras was due to meet Merkel later in the day.

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