Fear of Contagion Merkel Steps Back from Coalition Partner FDP

Following her party's failure in a major state election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is distancing herself from her junior coalition partner, the business-friendly Free Democrats. It is a risky move, and could indicate that she is aiming at a partnership with the opposition Social Democrats. By SPIEGEL Staff
Merkel's relationship with FDP head Philipp Rösler has become a favorite of German caricaturists in recent months.

Merkel's relationship with FDP head Philipp Rösler has become a favorite of German caricaturists in recent months.

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