Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s troubles may be multiplying after the German president unexpectedly quit, robbing her of a political ally she praised as the right man to help steer Germany through times of economic crisis.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was “surprised” by President Horst Koehler’s decision to quit. She tried to persuade him to stay on, to no avail and respects his decision, she told reporters in Berlin today.
German President Christian Wulff resigned amid the threat of a legal probe into corruption allegations, delivering a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel that risks distracting her from the euro-region debt crisis.
Chancellor Angela Merkel nominated Christian Wulff , a deputy leader of her party, as the government candidate for the German presidency, seeking to shore up her authority after President Horst Koehler ’s surprise resignation.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were remembered at a Mass celebrated in the country’s ancient capital of Krakow as the presidents of the country’s two historic enemies, Germany and Russia, braved volcanic ash to pray together and hear a call for reconciliation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to meetings using a 1 billion-euro ($1.3 billion) jet fleet complete with conference rooms and missile-defense systems as budget cuts she helped broker force Ireland and Greece to ground planes.