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Wolfgang Schäuble leaves, and even Greece is wistful

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Following every meeting of the European finance ministers since 2015, Greek government representatives would give an almost stereotypical response to journalists asking for an update on the country's precarious finances. "Certain conservative circles" in Europe hoped Greece would leave the common currency and reintroduce the drachma, they said, adding with utter conviction that of course, they would fight any such notion.

But who belongs to these "circles," hinted at but never directly defined? From a Greek point of view, one man above all: longtime German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a staunch advocate of solid budget policies.

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