FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file picture Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak after their statements to the media at the Maximos

 

              FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file picture Greece
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file picture Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, right, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speak after their statements to the media at the Maximos mansion in Athens. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's upcoming re-election battle is shaping Europe's response to bailing out debt-ridden Greece.The strategy: do just enough to keep Greece afloat but spare German voters _ for now _ the news that their money will be required to get the Greeks back on their feet. The deal reached Tuesday by the 17 nations that use the euro is a patchwork of measures to plug new shortfalls in Greece's budget and trim its debt load over the coming years. But it stopped short of forgiving some of the country's debt held by its eurozone creditors _ known euphemistically as a so-called haircut. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool, File)