The recent official visits to the Greek capital by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had an obvious shared goal.
The aim was for both of these powerful decision-making centers to provide political support to the Greek government in its efforts to succeed with a tough and painful program of much-needed reforms.
During their visits both the German finance minister and the secretary of the US Treasury stressed however that Greece must not diverge from the program and the obligations the country has already agreed to see through.
Therefore, anyone daydreaming of any kind of “relaxation” as a result of what appears to be a difference in German-US opinions regarding economic policy across the eurozone is simply not in touch with reality.
When it comes to what needs to be done in this country, Germany and the United States are in total sync.