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Merkel’s CDU Considered Ending Coalition, Roesler Tells Die Welt

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party raised the possibility of ending the governing coalition over the choice for a new president after the junior Free Democratic Party threw its weight behind democracy activist Joachim Gauck, FDP Chairman Philipp Roesler told Die Welt newspaper.

Roesler, who is economy minister and vice chancellor, told Merkel that his party was willing to vote for Gauck even if he wasn’t supported by Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, Welt said. The chancellor’s reaction was “sharp,” Roesler told the paper.

Still, trust among the three parties hasn’t suffered, Roesler said. Merkel’s coalition in 2010 pushed through Christian Wulff as president over Gauck, who was backed by the opposition. Wulff quit amid corruption allegations on Feb. 17.

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