Merkel's Malaise Gambling Away the Voters' Trust

With the major savings plan unveiled on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown that the German government is finally doing what it was elected to do: govern. But the coalition is facing a massive crisis of confidence. They will have to win that trust back, or risk losing the next election.
German government partners Guido Westerwelle and Angela Merkel: The coalition is describing Berlin's austerity measures as a "unique show of force".

German government partners Guido Westerwelle and Angela Merkel: The coalition is describing Berlin's austerity measures as a "unique show of force".

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