Chancellor Merkel is considering easing Greeceâ€™s bailout terms, fanning tensions with members of her coalition who oppose giving the Greek government any more concessions, two German lawmakers said.
Merkelâ€™s government is torn between showing some leniency toward Greece as it struggles to meet the terms of its rescues and insisting that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras delivers on his promises, Klaus-Peter Willsch and Frank Schaeffler, both of whom have voted against Merkelâ€™s euro crisis policies in parliament, said in separate telephone interviews.
â€œThe sensitivities among many more than just the 27 coalition members who voted â€˜noâ€™ last time are well knownâ€ to Merkel, â€œso the official line is to stay toughâ€ on Greece, said Willsch, a member of Merkelâ€™s Christian Democratic Union party. â€œBut at the same time, some are being sent forward to test the waters on how this tough line can be abandoned.â€
Samaras, whose coalition favors extending its fiscal adjustment program by two years to the end of 2016, will visit Berlin on Aug. 24 for talks with Merkel almost three years after the debt crisis emerged in Greece. The countryâ€™s international creditors are due to report on Greek progress in meeting bailout targets next month, an assessment that will determine whether Greece receives a next aid payment needed to stay in the euro.