Will the Eurozone receive a wake-up call in the coming year of the rooster and finally come to a decision that allows its member countries to heal economically? This may very well be the case.
Tsipras has been pushing unpopular reforms devastating to many of his people, particularly poorer retirees, in order to keep ECB money flowing and so that Greek banks can function. His popularity has naturally been dropping. In order to try to ease the pain of some of the hardest hit, he provided one-time pre-Christmas payments to retirees making less than $800 euro per month.
Merkel has been struggling in regional elections as eurosceptic AFD has been beating her CDU party, with her CSU allies Still in the lead. Though she’s likely to get another term next year, she can’t afford to be seen as lenient on Southern Europe.