German Chancellor Merkel was met by protests in Portugal, where she met with Prime Minister Coelho. Merkel was met with mockery, as she painted a positive picture of the country's future.
Germans and Greeks were once close friends and partners within the EU - prior to the euro zone crisis. German President Joachim Gauck is now traveling to Athens to offer encouragement to the debt-stricken country.
Debt levels in the eurozone have further edged up to reach a record total in the second quarter this year. Latest figures show the debt crisis is far from over, despite sweeping cutbacks and higher growth.
High unemployment, strict austerity, weak economic growth: people in Europe's crisis-stricken states worry about the future, in particular the youth. Could their frustration manifest itself in radicalization?
With a hamstrung German finance minister, the Eurogroup can do little more than twiddle its thumbs. The open questions on a banking union and rescue packets have been put off until a new German government is formed.
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