The Greek parliament has approved the first civil service layoffs in more than a century. The debt-troubled country has to slim down its bloated public sector to receive another tranche of its international bailout.
The number of people out of work in Germany rose in July, ending nine consecutive months of falls. Still, the jobless rate remains at its lowest level since German reunification in 1990.
Greece's tourism sector is working to correct the damage done to the country’s image during coverage of debt negotiations. At the same time, Germans - worried about how they are perceived in Greece - are staying away.
Germany benefits from Greek woes as the young and well educated leave the economically troubled country and seek jobs in financially stable Germany.
The International Monetary Fund has said it would not participate in a new bailout for the debt-stricken eurozone nation until Athens and its creditors take difficult decisions on debt relief and economic reforms.