This article questions the concern that crisis decision-making necessarily lacks input legitimacy and violates principles of democratic responsiveness. Crises, we argue instead, incite vote-seeking governments to carefully account for public policy demands, given that they entail high levels of saliency and public attention. We test this claim by analysing decision making during the Eurozone crisis with a particular focus on the case of Germany. Our process tracing shows that the German government was substantively constrained, both by interest groups but also by public opinion and that it overall displayed high degrees of responsiveness. We conclude that while policy outputs reached at the European level may have deviated from what particular national publics desired, this is due to aggregation mechanisms in combination with a large heterogeneity amongst the member states, rather than governments acting unresponsively to their publics in European Union decision-making in times of crises.