The World from Berlin Presidential Election Is 'Symptomatic of the Coalition's Weakness'

Germany's new president, Christian Wulff, is taking the oath of office on Friday. But Wulff's lackluster ascent to power undermined confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition. Commentators on Friday asked if Germany's leader will be able to shake off the dark clouds.
Flowers for the president. Newly elected German President Christian Wulff was elected after a marathon three-vote saga on Wednesday.

Flowers for the president. Newly elected German President Christian Wulff was elected after a marathon three-vote saga on Wednesday.

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-- Jess Smee
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