Merkel Breathes Sigh of Relief German Parliament Passes Euro Fund Expansion

Chancellor Angela Merkel got the majority she needed on Thursday as German parliament passed the expansion of the euro backstop fund, the EFSF. With fewer conservative renegades than feared, Merkel can breathe a sigh of relief. But with more difficult decisions approaching, the respite may not last.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel casting her vote on the expansion of the EFSF on Thursday in German parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel casting her vote on the expansion of the EFSF on Thursday in German parliament.

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cgh -- with wire reports