News Summary: Protests greet German leader

The Associated Press

CHILLY RECEPTION: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to Greece since its debt crisis erupted three years ago sparked mostly peaceful protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators Tuesday in Athens.

ENCOURAGING WORDS: The leader of Europe's biggest economy praised the Greek government for covering "much of the ground" required for recovery and she added, "I hope and wish that Greece remains a member of the eurozone."

TOUGH REPUTATION: But as Europe's largest contributor to the bailout fund that has rescued Greece from bankruptcy, Germany is viewed by many Greeks as the primary enforcer of the austerity measures the Greek government enacted in exchange for emergency aid.