The World from Berlin Opposition Offer to Help Merkel on Euro Is 'Poisoned Chalice'

Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire in Germany for her perceived lack of leadership in the euro crisis, has received an unlikely offer of support -- from the opposition Social Democrats. The pledge, say German commentators, amounts to criticism of her European policy -- but she may need the help.
Former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück (L-R) SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel and parliamentary group leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier offered to help Merkel

Former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück (L-R) SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel and parliamentary group leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier offered to help Merkel

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-- David Crossland