Greek elections and the Euro: Should Germany be worried?

As you can hear in the clip above, a big topic for the media this week was how the recent elections in Greece would affect Germany and the Euro.

To provide you with a little background: Greece had a high amount of debt before 2008 but after the Great Recession they found it tough to pay it back. So the biggest financial powers in the Eurozone lent the country money in return for big cuts in public spending to bring down the level of debt.

However, those spending cuts imposed by Europe’s financial institutions, together known as the Troika, hit the country hard. Showing Greece’s disappointment with years of cuts, the recent elections in Greece were won by anti-austerity left-wing coalition party, Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras.

Recently, German press and politicians have been concerned that, with an anti-austerity party in power, the country might not stick to its agreements.

Today (Wednesday), Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is arriving in Germany to speak to his counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble, as part of the new government's 'tour' of Europe.

But why are the media looking to Germany for a reaction to elections in a completely separate country, despite the fact that Greece has a significantly smaller economy? To put it simply: Should Germans care about the Greek elections?

To answer these questions, political journalist for the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel Elisa Simantke joined us from Athens.