Merkel confirmed in a recent statement that General Motors paid the last of its 1.5 billion euro loan to Germany and revealed that she's waiting for a thank you letter from the US-based manufacturer.
"I can tell you that the last funds for Opel have been paid back by General Motors," Merkel said. "I expect at least a thank you letter from General Motors in a few years. German taxpayers have not lost a single cent on the entire Opel operation."
Earlier this month, Merkel urged General Motors to submit its restructuring plans for Opel and pay back the loan it has received in June by the end of the month.
"The Chancellor made clear that the German government would urge General Motors to present a new plan as quickly as possible and to repay bridge financing by the end of November," a German government spokesman said in a statement, quoted by Autonews.
General Motors is currently negotiating with governments and workers the terms of the restructuring plan, with a first glimpse to be given to union on Wednesday. Company representatives will also meet EU officials by the end of the week, while EU members will meet on December 4 to discuss possible aid for Opel.