The visit of the German President Frank Walter Steinmeier will be the opportunity for a new start in Greek-German relations, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday at a meeting at Maximos Mansion.

Tsipras stressed the need to move on past the eight years of bailout memoranda and stereotypes on both sides which have poisoned the relations between Greece and Germany, and look to a future of equal cooperation.

At the same time, he said that the two EU partners should not ignore any differences arising from the distant past, which should "be resolved on the basis of international law, which we all respect" and work hard to limit extremist and populist voices in a shared European home.