Rough early going for Merkel's grand coalition

Jan 23, 2014, 10:54 AM EST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor and Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel speak to journalists following two days of meetings of the German government cabinet at Schloss Meseberg palace on January 23, 2014 in Meseberg, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners in the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) are doing everything they can to defuse anxiety among the electorate and the press about their new government, promising to find common ground on energy reform and welfare programs.

 

Background:

Merkel, SPD try to smooth over bumpy start to coalition [Reuters]

Schaeuble as Merkel’s Dr. No Holds Coalition Purse String [Bloomberg]