Berlin Rift on Debt Crisis Merkel Muzzling Coalition Critics to Gain Time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tried to bring her coalition partners back in line following rogue comments on a possible Greek bankruptcy and exit from the euro zone. She is desperate to restore calm in her ranks to avoid exacerbating the crisis and to gain time to prepare for worst-case scenarios.
Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is trying to avoid pouring gasoline on the fire.

Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is trying to avoid pouring gasoline on the fire.

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