Saturday, June 23, 2012

German and Greek fans find eurozone crisis and Euro 2012 inextricably linked

Greek fans did not expect their side to overcome Germany in Friday's European Championship quarter-final, a match so heavy in political and economic significance it was billed in Athens as the "mother of all games" and in Berlin as the "ultimate euro stress test". But the sight of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, cheering each of her side's goals in their 4-2 victory pushed some Greeks to their own personal brink.