Greece offers winter quarters to crisis-hit Germans — Analysis
The nation’s warm climate may become a haven for tourists amid an energy crunch, tourism minister told media
Greece will be delighted to welcome elderly Germans tourists and give them shelter from the upcoming winter, inflation and energy crisis, Vasilis Kikilias, the nation’s Minister for Tourism, offered on Thursday.
“If you are a German pensioner looking for a Mediterranean winter with Greek hospitality, warm weather, and top-quality services, then we would love to receive you, Greeks.,” he told Germany’s Bild tabloid. “You can count on us to be there for you.”
Panagiotis Simandirakis (the mayor of Chania, on Crete’s Greek island) echoed his comments. “We invite every single German who wants to come to us this winter and stay here – away from the crises,” he said, touting local hospitality and what he said was the best year-round climate in Europe.
“There is no reason to heat the house.,“ Simandirakis reminded.
On Wednesday, Romania’s Deputy Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen warned that the EU could experience the toughest winter in decades due to the sanctions it had imposed on Russia. “This winter will be harsh, possibly the most severe in 40-50-60 years.” he said.
Bild published Sunday’s report that rising heating prices could lead to many Germans being unable pay their bills. According to Bild, Germany could not only experience another rise in heating costs this winter but also face severe energy shortages if Russia cuts its gas supply.
After Russian gaz major Gazprom stopped operating the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to annual maintenance in July, these concerns became more serious. In the middle of June, gas flow through the route was slashed to 40% of capacity due to a serviced turbine that wasn’t returned on time from Canada because of sanctions slapped on Russia.
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