German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are looking for common ground on how to fix Europe’s economy as recession and soaring youth unemployment test the partnership at the euro’s core.
Germany’s Greens party backed a campaign platform of tax increases that members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc said rules out a coalition after national elections in September.
Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition rose to the highest level since January 2010 in a weekly Forsa poll, as her junior partner showed signs of recovery less than six months before German national elections.
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg quit amid allegations that he plagiarized passages of his doctoral thesis, depriving Chancellor Angela Merkel of her most popular Cabinet member in an election year.
On election night in September 2009, Angela Merkel told her Christian Democrats they achieved “something fantastic” by ousting the Social Democrats from Germany’s governing coalition for the first time since 1998.