It is most unfortunate that not even France - La France - could hold its ground from a position of internal strength.
In the Eurozone or outside of it only a handful of the 27 show some resilience partly dented by ongoing troubles elsewhere. A vicious circle set in to which new challenges piled on with a vengeance.
Many just barely gasping for breath or too busy fulfilling targets set by the Troika, others figuring where growth is to come from.
The German State boasts generally balanced government books.
A creditor country whose vast trade and current account surpluses over many years are sustained by and adequately mirror its internal set-up.
This has got to be a transition period to a new European order.
Germany's interests are best served if the EU thrives as a whole.
None of it can be achieved by goodwill or decree but Europeans yearn for (and direly need) EU-wide political inspiration they can review themselves in.