Half-Hearted Austerity Berlin Rattled by Italian and Greek Foot Dragging

Chancellor Angela Merkel is having trouble finding a majority for a crucial vote this month on expanding the euro backstop fund. A key cause of skepticism can be found in Rome. Patience is wearing thin in Europe as Italy stumbles toward a half-hearted austerity package.
German parliamentarians have growing doubts about euro-zone bailouts.

German parliamentarians have growing doubts about euro-zone bailouts.

Foto: Wolfgang Kumm/ dpa
cgh -- with wire reports