BERLIN -- German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble was caught playing a game of Sudoku during a heated debate in Germany's parliament over the latest Greek bailout.
While his colleagues debated the merits of keeping Athens on life support with a controversial €130 billion ($174 billion) bailout, Schauble opted to hammer away at the numbers game on his tablet computer, according to a photo released by Germany's Bild newspaper Wednesday.
Schauble, who is known for his no-nonsense approach to Greek austerity measures, appeared to be losing interest in Berlin's ongoing efforts to help Athens put its fiscal house in order.
The finance minister declined the newspaper's request for comment, but a spokesperson for his office said he was taking a well-deserved break from normal duties.
Other lawmakers weighed in on the display of indifference."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, told the newspaper.
German lawmakers agreed Monday to back the latest bailout package for Greece in a 496-to-90 vote, with five abstentions.
The stamp of approval gives Chancellor Angela Merkel permission to back the bailout when European Union leaders gather Thursday and Friday to formally approve the package.
Greece has been scrambling to tap the emergency loans ahead of a March 20 debt repayment of €14.4 billion.