Setback for Germany's Merkel: minister resigns

Feb 14, 2014, 2:07 PM EST
German Agriculture and Consumer Protection Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announces his resignation to the media on February 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
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Though her grand coalition is still secure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel endured an embarassing episode this week, culminating in the resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who is suspected of leaking details of a probe into a Social Democratic lawmaker to the SPD party leadership.

Background:

German minister resigns in blow to new Merkel government [Reuters]