By David Marsh
Last updated at 4:20 PM on 29th November 2010
As the crisis deepens over the future of the euro – or whether it even has a future – two contrasting sides of Germany have been put on display.
On the one hand sit people such as Hans-Dietrich Genscher, foreign minister in the 1970s and 1980s and one of the spiritual fathers of European economic and monetary union (EMU).
At a ceremony in Dresden last week to mark 20 years of German unification, he called for more solidarity from German tax-payers for hard-up members of the euro such as Ireland, Greece and Portugal.