If it were a marriage, we would probably be talking about divorce or a last-ditch effort at marital therapy.
Wolfgang Schaeuble and his Greek counterpart were never really best friends, but at least they had a "conversation on friendly terms" at their first joint press conference in Berlin back in February. But those times are long gone, and with them, the goodwill of the German populace and politicians towards Greece and its newly installed Syriza government.
Lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party whined when the recent extension of the Greek bailout was put up for vote in parliament, and only Schaeuble's efforts of persuasion made most of them agree to it.
The vote was closely followed by a warning: A third aid package would not be approved by German lawmakers without a material change in Greece's attitude. Only one German party continues to stand by Greece -- the socialist "Die Linke," which defends its Greek sister party no matter what it does.