Protests in Athens Over Chancellor Merkel’s Visit

Spotlight For more photos of today’s protests, search the hashtags #Athens and #Merkel, and visit the Πλατεία Ομονοίας (Omonia Square) location page.

Thousands in Athens, Greece flooded the streets to protest the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting Greece to discuss the details of an unpopular plan to reduce the financially struggling country’s debt.

Germany is a major creditor to Greece and other struggling European nations, and is applying pressure on the country to continue with painful austerity measures, in order to meet debt reduction goals.