The two oil-producing giants seem to have made a breakthrough last month in their often adversarial relationship, signing several cooperation pacts. But incompatible foreign policies may yet cool the new warmth.
Many Greeks feel a sense of humiliation from the constant austerity demands by its creditors and the damage they have inflicted on the national psyche. But others warn that pride will not solve Greece's woes.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said the Grafenrheinfeld shutdown is "a visible signal that the nuclear exit is moving forward." All German nuclear plants are scheduled for shutdown by the end of 2022.
The German government provides support and protection to the country's cultural outlets, including bookstores and orchestras. But as the EU and US hash out a free trade agreement, some Germans fear that safety net is threatened.
In the spring, European leaders came out strongly in support of a united plan to deal with the flood of migrants trying to enter the EU. But the plan to divvy up migrants among EU members by quota fell apart amid acrimony.