As negotiations over the Greek bailout dragged on, the hashtag #ThisIsACoup has been trending on Twitter – a gathering place for those complaining about Germany's and other creditors' perceived harshness toward Greece.
Germany was the most prominent of the European nations pushing for tough conditions for any new financial aid to Greece. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman is dismissing those hostile Twitter comments and the hashtag as "completely unfounded."
Spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday rejected suggestions that the country had sought to humiliate Greece. He noted the agreement was reached by all 19 nations who share the common euro currency and said: "The chancellor and the whole German government are acting out of European conviction and in European responsibility."