Greece and Germany—a relationship beyond repair?

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.

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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.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.
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Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

The influential tabloid Bild newspaper is headlining every single mishap in Greek-German relations, be it the untimely complaints about reparation payments dating from Nazi atrocities in World War II during debt discussions, to Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis' alleged middle finger against Germany, which got the tag #fingergate on twitter. It seems no day can pass by without a new twist in the saga, irritating both the German intelligentsia and main street.

Germans have lost faith and patience with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his team. More than 80 percent are against sending any more money to Greece, according to Forsa polling institute.

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Furthermore, a majority of Germans – 52 percent – would like Greece to leave the euro zone, up from 41 per cent in February, a ZDF opinion poll on Tuesday showed.

This is a message Merkel understands. She has never acted against opinion polls in the past--but she also wants to keep the euro zone intact. Tsipras is in for a serious meeting next week when he meets her in Berlin on Monday and all eyes will be glued to see if the Greece-Germany relationship can be saved.