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Merkel says Germany recognises responsibilty for Nazi crimes in Greece

AFP  |  Athens 

recognises its historical responsibility for crimes committed by the Nazis in Greece, said Friday on her first visit to since 2014.

"We recognise our historical responsibility. We know how much suffering we, as in the time of Nazism, have brought to Greece," she said.

"That is why it's a lesson for us to do everything to have good relations with Greece, and to lend each other support for the prosperity of both countries." Tensions linger over wartime reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation of Greece, with arguing the issue was settled in 1960 in a deal with several European governments.

In talks with after her arrival on Thursday, lauded the sacrifices Greeks made during the country's economic crisis of 2010-2014.

During her first visit to in 2014, faced major protests and sought to ease tensions with where was often blamed for biting austerity and bailouts.

Also in 2014, ex-sought public forgiveness in the name of from relatives of those murdered by the Nazis in the mountains of

Merkel was to hold talks with conservative opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an EU parliament ally of her Christian Democrats, and meet

She is expected to show support for a name change for Greece's neighbour Macedonia, which is still a divisive issue in

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 17:30 IST