New Policy Paper Ahead of Elections Germany's FDP Trying to Boost Popularity With Tough Line on Euro

The Free Democrats, junior partners in Angela Merkel's government, have adopted a tough new stance in the euro crisis, ruling out any changes to the EU's euro rescue fund and any new steps that would hurt German taxpayers. Critics say the party is turning populist to reverse a slump in opinion polls.
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From left to right: FDP General Secretary Christian Lindner, party leader Guido Westerwelle and parliamentary group head Brigitte Homburger

From left to right: FDP General Secretary Christian Lindner, party leader Guido Westerwelle and parliamentary group head Brigitte Homburger

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