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Merkel’s Authority ‘Damaged,’ Steinmeier Tells Tagesspiegel

February 27, 2012

Germany’s opposition leader Frank- Walter Steinmeier said the lack of an absolute majority in a vote on Greek aid shows Chancellor Angel Merkel’s authority is “severely damaged,” Tagesspiegel reported, citing an interview.

Merkel won approval for a second Greek bailout in parliament even as 17 of her coalition’s lawmakers voted against the aid.

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