The eurozone is staggering under a mountain of debt and Europe risks years of economic stagnation.
For a special edition of HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur has travelled to Berlin to talk to Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.
He is a key player in the urgent debate about Europe's financial and economic future. Is Germany capable of providing the leadership that Europe now needs?
You can watch HARDtalk on Wednesday 16th June on the BBC News Channel at 0430 and 2330 BST and on BBC World News at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT.