Footage has surfaced of German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble playing a game of Sudoku during a heated parliamentary debate about the Greek bailout this week.
While his colleagues debated the merits of keeping Greece on life support, Mr Schauble opted to tap away at the numbers game on his tablet. The minister, who is known for his no-nonsense approach to Greek austerity measures, appeared to be losing interest in his country's ongoing efforts to save the euro.
A spokesperson for his office said he was taking a well-deserved break from normal duties but the apparent display of indifference and devotion to puzzles did attract criticism from his colleagues.
"It never hurts to do brainteasers. However, you should ask yourself when the timing is appropriate," Frank Schaeffler, a member of Schauble's coalition partners the Free Democrats, said.