Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis launched a harsh attack on Germany, prompted by German chancellor Angela Merkel's stance towards Greece, speaking on Sunday at the annual memorial service in Vigles, Megalopolis, for the 212 people executed by the Nazi occupation forces during WWII.

Addressing the event, which was also attended by German ambassador to Greece Dr. Roland Michael Wegener, Karatzaferis likened the German occupation with German's stance today towards Greece, adding that Germany must realise that it has obligations to the peoples of Europe, and especially the Greeks.

"Back then they devastated us, and are doing so again today, economically. All these things that are happening are disappointing the Greek people regarding those who believe that they can control our lives," Karatzaferis said, stressing "we can do so ourselves".

Karatzaferis said that today's Greeks must take their example from those great Greeks of the past "because today, too, we are under a singular occupation, an economic one this time, and we must wage the battle to be able to emerge winners once again".