3 July 2015
It’s not often an olive tree takes pride of place on German breakfast television. And presenters don’t usually slip the odd Greek word into their script.
But – surrounded by Greek flags – they announced that this was Greek-themed breakfast television.
A gesture of solidarity, they added, with a country in crisis.
Ask most individuals here about Greece and they express sympathy for its people, but impatience and irritation with its government.
In fact 68% of Germans blame the government for escalating the crisis, according to a new poll.
The same research reveals that Germans are split over Greek membership of the eurozone – 45% think Greece should stay in, 45% think Greece should go. It’s a shift in perception. In February, 51% thought Greece should stay in.
More than one politician here has remarked that Greece will cost Germany more money anyway – either in support if it crashes out of the eurozone or in further help if it stays in.
The tabloid newspaper Bild on Friday morning called for a referendum of its own. ‘Should we support Greece with more billions – yes or no?’
It’s a question which Germans may yet have to answer.