But the German leader did offer some support to the stricken country, stressing that Berlin wanted to keep Greece in the euro and that it won’t rush to make any premature judgments about its reform efforts.
In German and French media this week, Samaras has been arguing that his country should have more time beyond the mid-2014 deadline to complete reforms that are a condition of it continuing to receive bailout loans. Without the help, Greece would be forced into a chaotic default on its debts and could be forced out of the eurozone.
Leading German politicians have voiced deep skepticism about granting Greece any concessions. Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, meeting a day before Samaras came to Berlin, put the onus squarely on Greece to fulfill its pledges.