Insight: Germany and Greece: a tale of estrangement

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BERLIN (Reuters) - In early October of last year, German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler landed in Athens on a plane packed full of corporate executives, carrying a message of hope. Germany and its leading firms, the young minister told Greek leaders, stood ready to help Greece overcome the debt crisis that had plunged its economy into recession and pushed it to the brink of its second EU/IMF rescue in little more than a year. The mood in the meetings that followed was described by German officials who participated as "euphoric". ...