Greece’s embassy in Berlin has been without an Ambassador for months even though Germany is the biggest player in talks between Athens and international lenders.
Political snafus have left Greece without an envoy in Berlin even though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have often been in communication over Greece’s lingering economic crisis.
That means Greece has no representative during a time when relations between the countries are strained. The previous Ambassador, Panos Kalogeropoulos was recalled more than two months ago after it was reported the government was unhappy with his performance.
He allegedly was at odds with decisions from Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias from Tsipras’ ruling Radical Left SYRIZA part.
Kathimerini said that sources claimed Kalogeropoulos was unable to create the network of contacts required to gain a satisfactory grasp of German foreign policy even though he had been appointed only in January.
His predecessor, Giorgos Zografos, quit in September last year after being left out of meetings during a visit to Berlin by then Premier Antonis Samaras.
Kalogeropoulos, who is expected to assume his next post in New Delhi, is to replaced in Berlin by Theodoros Daskarolis, who is currently stationed in Malta, the paper said.