I lived in Germany for over two years and I got to know the German people quite well. They are very conservative and austere on issues regarding money. They generally do not live above their means.
I think the next election will tell us a lot. If Merkle continues on her current path she will face a challenge. If German's in mass decide they have had enough...Merkle will be gone and the German people will want to vacate the EU and that will be it for the EU. God willing.