The Greek prime minister said ahead of his Tuesday meeting with Angela Merkel that his government was working full tilt to recover its economy and rein in public debt. Nevertheless, Antonis Samaras said that he considered "the glass half-full," in light of the country's "enormous effort, which goes hand-in-hand with great sacrifice, to get things on the right track."
"We are trying to win back credibility," Samaras said, also saying that politicians in Athens were trying to combat the "scourge of unemployment, especially youth unemployment."
Almost one-in-four members of the Greek workforce are currently looking for a job, while more than 50 percent of those under 25 years of age are out of work. The figures reflect a broader eurozone trend, but Greece's unemployment rates are among the most severe in the currency union. Figures released on Tuesday pointed to record eurozone unemployment levels, with a total of 18.8 million people seeking work.