Perhaps this is an outgrowth of their collective history, perhaps it is inaccurate... but it does help students process why Germans remained stoic in their bailouts of other member nations, while at the same time continuing to purchasing the filthiest of investment vehicles generated in America. In fact, the Germans were the last buyers at the table.
And Germans continued to remain loyal to the ECB despite the havoc it was creating in other member nations. Many nations wanted to bale out, citing concerns over a lack of sovereignty through forced austerity and ECB influence in governmental issues.
We spent time answering questions, and instead focused our attention on sitting down for a little movie. Many students frequently cite that they want to know what the Fed did to bail out these investment banks, so we explored this through a showing of HBO's Too Big To Fail. Please note that this movie still requires explanation of who the key players are and why the Treasury specifically bailing out banks or facilitating take overs is controversial... The main reason being that the government is doing their best within the parameters of their powers to force other private banks to purchase a failed bank.