“It’s not like we don’t trust you or anything, Greece,” Germany said. “It’s just that we don’t trust you.”
Profiting the most from the EU by being its biggest winner (exporter), when push comes to shove, Germany always has to shell out the most too.
That’s the part they don’t like, understandably – that amount up there (in billions) is what Germany will be paying to bail out Greece. And they will help bail them out too, of course. But with another regional election rolling around in Germany again and all, Merkel and Co. are going to make the Greeks agree to save until it hurts first.
“If Greece is ready to accept tough measures, not just in one year but over several years, then we have a good chance to secure the stability of the euro for us all.”