The Euro Crisis Hits Berlin Merkel's Authority Is on the Wane

Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority is being undermined by leading members of her coalition partners, the FDP and CSU parties, who have openly challenged her policy on the euro. There is growing speculation that her coalition may collapse, prompting a return of the right-left grand coalition of conservatives and SPD.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
At odds: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, the leader of the pro-business FDP party.

At odds: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, the leader of the pro-business FDP party.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan