Letter from Berlin Coalition Infighting Leads Merkel to Flirt with the Greens

Angela Merkel's coalition of conservatives and the pro-business FDP is looking unhappy and brittle after three months of infighting. Merkel is responding by sounding out future alliances with the Greens. A major state election in May could provide the chance for a major new experiment in German politics.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Not such a happy partnership: FDP leader Guido Westerwelle and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Not such a happy partnership: FDP leader Guido Westerwelle and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Reporting by Ralf Beste, Andrea Brandt, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Rene Pfister, Barbara Schmid