Coalition Rifts FDP Could Scupper Merkel's Chances of Third Term

Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to use the nomination of a new presidential candidate to prepare the ground for a new coalition after the next election in 2013. But her junior coalition partner, the FDP, scuppered her plan. Now, the unthinkable has become possible: A future coalition without Merkel's party.
Horst Seehofer, the head of Bavaria's Christian Social Union, and Germany's presidential candidate Joachim Gauck, banter behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's back.

Horst Seehofer, the head of Bavaria's Christian Social Union, and Germany's presidential candidate Joachim Gauck, banter behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's back.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan