Letter from Berlin Merkel's Incredible Shrinking Coalition Partner

Guido Westerwelle and his Free Democrats surprised everyone last fall with their strong election day showing. Since joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, however, the FDP has been in a state of free fall, sliding from 14.6 percent to 6 in the polls. What happened?
FDP head Guido Westerwelle has had a difficult time striking the right chords now that he is in government.

FDP head Guido Westerwelle has had a difficult time striking the right chords now that he is in government.

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With reporting by SPIEGEL Staff