In a front-page piece headlined “Irish Euro greetings to the chancellor”, Germany’s mass-market paper told its eight million readers the Irish were “pulling the chancellor’s leg”.


“Merkel has the reputation in Europe of being a tough-as-nails defender of saving, who doesn’t accept a lack of willingness to suffer. That’s something the Irish see humorously.”


“For their Euro aid package, they promised to work hard. Which they do. Except when it’s the European Championships.”


Irish Merkel banner makes cover of ‘Bild’ (Irish Times)