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Germany’s Budget Woes Stress Test an Already Shaky Coalition

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The German government’s struggle to hammer out a revised budget after a shock court ruling last week not only gave a boost to the opposition but also stoked fresh infighting within the ruling coalition.

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(Bloomberg) — The German government’s struggle to hammer out a revised budget after a shock court ruling last week not only gave a boost to the opposition but also stoked fresh infighting within the ruling coalition.

The constitutional court decision provoked already gaping policy differences between the three coalition parties – Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats, Finance Minister Christian Lindner’s pro-business Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. But now those differences are threatening the alliance’s ability to govern and have spurred talk that the coalition may fall apart.

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2023-11-26 01:45:52

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