It's a 'powder keg': Germany's centre-right frets over ruling CDU’s decline

By Christian Kraemer and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats, emerging as a pivotal force ahead of September elections, worry that declining support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats could scupper their chances of joining up to keep the centre-right in power. An internal Free Democrats (FDP) analysis reveals that the party privately considers the CDU’s slide in two state elections last weekend as a potential “catastrophe” for the centre-right camp, even as the FDP publicly celebrates its own resurgence. The document, obtained by Reuters, descri…

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