Letter from Berlin Merkel Braces for Election Debacles in 2011

A series of seven state elections in 2011 could turn into a nightmare for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partner, led by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Opinion polls suggest the elections will reflect a dramatic slump in support for their coalition.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the FDP, face election setbacks in 2011.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the FDP, face election setbacks in 2011.

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