Conservative daily Die Welt defended Schaeuble, who has been known to play Sudoku at European Union meetings. ”He got caught by photographers playing a numbers game during the debate - so what?” Die Welt wrote. ”He surely read all the files before breakfast and he already knows his colleagues’ arguments. Why not train the brain instead?” Merkel’s centre-right coalition could not muster a majority of its own in the vote for the second bailout for Greece but the measure passed with the help of opposition Social Democrats and Greens. Kotthaus said on Wednesday he did not want to comment on the incident but then said he and Schaeuble had worked for about 10 straight days without rest before Monday’s debate in parliament.
”I find your question a bit curious,” Kotthaus told a government news conference when asked what Schaeuble was doing during the debate. ”If you look back at the last 10 days, we’ve been working more or less non-stop since last Monday on Greece, Greece (rescue) 2, the ESM, the EFSF and other issues.” [Reuters]