"The Situation on the Islands is still very, very challenging", she said, in view of the especially on the Aegean Islands of Lesvos and Samos furthermore, the dramatic conditions in the refugee camps.
Merkel has visited Japan as German chancellor four times.
Relations between Greece and Germany have calmed since her previous visits in 2012 and 2014, which were overshadowed by angry anti-austerity rallies. "We are no longer part of the problem, but part of the". She came indeed to check what the entire European Union leadership has created in Greece.
Tsipras also highlighted the rising danger of the far right in Europe and the role that the dominant economic dogma played, in his opinion, in feeding the growth of far-right and anti-European populism, highlighting the need to counter this by building a social Europe and a new architecture for the Eurozone.
The EU's "hotspot" screening system on islands had from the start been unable to cope, Oxfam said, citing cases of pregnant women being sent from camp clinics back to tents.
The German chancellor's visit marks the end of a hard period in bilateral relations, opening new prospects, Tsipras noted, referring to past differences regarding the way to address the Greek debt crisis, which was overcome through compromises.He also stressed the need for closer cooperation in finding solutions to more problems as Europe faces more challenges, like the rise of the populist far-right.The leaders also highlighted the need to establish a comprehensive European migration and asylum policy to deal with the refugee-migrant crisis, which has also tested the EU in recent years.During the meeting at the prime minister's office, police used tear gas to disperse leftist and far-right protesters who held two different demonstrations against the chancellor's visit."We are here to protest against Merkel's visit".
Merkel, for her part, said they are aware of the crimes that Nazis had committed in Greece.
Berlin argues that its payment to Athens of 115 million deutschmarks in 1960 (€59 million in today's currency) - coupled with a 1990 treaty at the moment German reunification - settled the issue.
"We recognize our historical responsibility".
Also in 2014, ex-president Joachim Gauck sought public forgiveness in the name of Germany from relatives of those murdered by the Nazis in the mountains of northern Greece.
During at a Friday protest by Greek school teachers angered by a Tsipras government plan to hire new teachers, some demonstrators removed and damaged a wreath that had been laid earlier by Merkel at Athen's Unknown Soldier's monument.