Boutaris de­nies lash­ing out at Ger­man en­voy to Greece

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Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Yian­nis Boutaris has de­nied re­ports he made de­mean­ing com­ments about a Ger­man en­voy in Greece that ef­fec­tively ac­cused the of­fi­cial of squan­der­ing pub­lic money.

Re­ports in Greek me­dia on Thurs­day said that Boutaris ac­cused Hans-Joachim Fuch­tel, Ger­many’s fed­eral deputy la­bor min­is­ter who has been ap­pointed by Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel as a spe­cial en­voy to pro­mote Greek-Ger­man co­op­er­a­tion on a lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion level, of be­ing more in­ter­ested “in good wine and good food” than the ex­change of knowhow be­tween the two na­tions.

A state­ment from the mayor’s of­fice yes­ter­day said that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two men has al­ways been “pro­fes­sional,” adding that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has al­ways tried to max­i­mize in­sti­tu­tional co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides.

“It is hard to see why such ground­less re­ports have emerged, and what’s more at this par­tic­u­lar time,” the state­ment said.

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