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Merkel meets coalition allies to defuse crisis after scandal

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel held an emergency meeting with the leaders of coalition partners to defuse a widening crisis in her two-month-old government sparked by the opening of a child pornography probe against Indian-origin

PTI [ Updated: February 19, 2014 11:09 IST ]
merkel meets coalition allies to defuse crisis after scandal
merkel meets coalition allies to defuse crisis after scandal

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel held an emergency meeting with the leaders of coalition partners to defuse a widening crisis in her two-month-old government sparked by the opening of a child pornography probe against Indian-origin former lawmaker.


Merkel met Horst Seehofer, chairman of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) and Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), for about three hours yesterday in the backdrop of the rising tension within the coalition following the resignation of Food and Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.  

Friedrich quit last week over suspicions he leaked confidential information about the probe against Sebastian Edathy while serving as interior minister.  

Edathy, son of a migrant from Kerala, has denied wrongdoing but has left parliament.  

The three leaders left the meeting without making any statement.

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