How can a country like Greece, which provides less than two percent of the economic output of the entire eurozone, propel the European Union into months of marathon negotiations?
Greeks have long viewed the German finance minister as a symbol of failed austerity policies. But Athens is by no means joyful now that Wolfgang Schäuble is leaving after eight years in office, says Jannis Papadimitriou.
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras has said his country is no longer in danger of Grexiting - leaving the EU - and is seeing an inward investment boom. He said he is hopeful after nine years of recession, but questions remain.
Times are getting tougher in Greece, but there is no real danger that an EU country will be left to flounder in election year 2017, writes Georg Matthes.
Crisis-plagued Greece has come quite close to being kicked out of the eurozone several times, before last-minute deals averting such an outcome. But amid growing populism in Europe, it could be different this time round.
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