Greek shift over German-built submarine keeps aid hopes afloat

Greece is poised to settle a four-year dispute about an allegedly unseaworthy German-built submarine in a move that appears to be intended to curry favour with Berlin in advance of next week’s European Union summit.

The Greek navy refused in 2006 to take delivery of the Papanikolis, a diesel-electric powered submarine constructed at the Kiel shipyard of Thyssen-Krupp, on the grounds that it listed heavily during trials in the North Sea.

But in an abrupt policy shift, George Papandreou, the prime minister, gave the go-ahead on Thursday night for the defence ministry to take delivery of the Papanikolis.



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