Merkel scrambling after No. 2 resigns

<p><b>BERLIN.</b> German President Horst Koehler unexpectedly resigned yesterday after a wave of criticism over his comments about military action abroad, in a move that compounds conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s problems.</p>

 

BERLIN. German President Horst Koehler unexpectedly resigned yesterday after a wave of criticism over his comments about military action abroad, in a move that compounds conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s problems.

 

Already battling a euro zone debt crisis, sinking poll ratings and policy scraps with an increasingly awkward coalition partner, Merkel must now quickly find a successful candidate for president, whose role is largely ceremonial.

 

A failure to get her candidate installed would be widely seen as a blow to her authority.

 
 
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