Merkel’s FDP Ally Votes to Uphold Euro Bailouts, Roesler Says

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Free Democratic Party coalition partner will continue to support the government’s line on euro-area rescues during the debt crisis, after a party vote organized by bailout skeptics was defeated.

The internal ballot that tried to rally opposition to the future permanent rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, failed to muster the majority needed to change party policy, FDP leader Philipp Roesler said in Berlin today.

The result “once more confirms the party line,” Roesler told reporters. The FDP “remains a pro-European party.”

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