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By: Adam Stromme

Citing the need to adopt a more hardline stance in the run up to the next Greek deadline, Angela Merkel has nominated Smaug to be the next Finance Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, sources confirm.

Germany is the chief creditor nation of the Eurozone and has been under immense pressure to ensure that the Greek government obeys a harsh regimen of austerity in order to maintain a reliable repayment schedule. This has caused controversy amongst other leading Eurozone nations.

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“I am confident that my decision will enable us to have a stronger bargaining position in the upcoming round of negotiations” Mrs. Merkel announced. “A stronger Europe demands adherence to the rules of the game, and that includes Greece.”

The fire drake has been seen by many as an unusual, if commonsensical choice for the Prime Minister. Its conservative fiscal standpoint contrasts, like Germany, with its immense reserves of wealth: estimated in 2013 to be around €48 billion in Dwarven gold coinage.

Nonetheless, the move has surprised many commentators, who note the strong stances made by Smaug’s predecessor Wolfgang Schäuble. In negotiations with the Greek government, the Finance Minister has been known for his tenacious conservatism. Schäuble has served as Finance Minister since 2009 and is a close confidant of the Prime Minister.

Smaug cites its strict adherence to fiscal responsibility and its multi-centurial dedication to combating Dwarven inflation as evidence of its previous successes.

“I am dismayed with the recent decision of Mrs. Merkel” Mr. Schäuble commented in a recent press release. “But I trust that her judgement will be in the best interests of the German people.”

Although the red-gold dragon is notoriously aloof, it has been cited as backing a primary surplus approach for the Greek government before the next repayment deadline. It has rejected calls for further aid, citing its strict adherence to fiscal responsibility and its multi-centurial dedication to combating Dwarven inflation as evidence of its previous successes.

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