Greece Asks For A 'Speech Of Peace' From Germany

Greece's finance minister called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to give his country a "Speech of Hope", to signal Europe was ready to end its demands for austerity, similar to that given to Germany at the end of World War Two. In an entry on his blog on Sunday, Yanis Varoufakis compared Greece's situation with that of post-war Germany, when former U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes traveled to Stuttgart to deliver an historic speech. That speech in 1946 marked a departure from the punitive approach favored by the nations that defeated Germany and gave its people the prospect of growth and recovery, Varoufakis said. Varoufakis has requested a meeting for Monday or Tuesday with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, with whom relations have often been strained.