Letter from Berlin: Merkel's Coalition Partner Could Face Setback in Weekend's Elections
They are seen as a referendum on Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership. But in two state elections on Sunday,her juniorcoalition partners, the Free Democrats, stand to lose the most. The party is at risk of stumbling below the 5-percent threshhold in both votes. Party head and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's days of FDP leadership could be numbered.