The World from Berlin Merkel's Coalition 'Is a Pure Marriage of Convenience'

Chancellor Merkel's junior coalition partners, the unpopular Free Democrats, have taken to openly defying her, refusing to quiet discussion of a possible Greek default. On Wednesday, German commentators speculate that the rebellion is a ploy by FDP leader Philipp Rösler to regain voter support.
Merkel and Economy Rösler before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday.

Merkel and Economy Rösler before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday.

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