More than 7,000 police will be on hand,
cordoning off parks and other sections of central Athens, to keep
demonstrators away from the German leader who is due to arrive in the
Greek capital at 1:30 p.m. (1030GMT) Tuesday for talks with conservative
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Many of Europe’s leading
politicians have avoided official travel to Greece and the risk of a
hostile reception, as the debt-saddled country struggled to keep up with
commitments needed to guarantee rescue loan payments and long-term euro
But Merkel, heading Europe’s largest bailout
contributor, accepted Samaras’ invitation to Athens despite failure by
his government so far to conclude a massive new austerity package. The
cuts will save €13.5 billion ($17.5 billion) but doom Greece to a sixth
year of recession in 2013.