Accounting Tricks Self-Deception in Berlin Impedes Greece Strategy

With elections approaching in 2013, Berlin is blocking a workable solution for Greece. German leaders are eager to avoid angering voters by giving more money to Athens, but their European partners are losing their patience.
The Irish, Greek and Spanish flags flying in Brussels. Berlin's euro-zone partners are growing weary of its Greece tactics.

The Irish, Greek and Spanish flags flying in Brussels. Berlin's euro-zone partners are growing weary of its Greece tactics.

Foto: FRANCOIS LENOIR/ REUTERS
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan