German coalition sliding in polls on eurozone troubles

21st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition is losing voter support, according to a poll released Friday, amid controversy over a massive aid package for the debt-hit eurozone.

Her Christian Democratic Union is credited with 38 percent in the poll by ZDF television, a drop of three percentage points in just a week.

Its coalition partner the Free Democrats also slipped three points to just three percent, far below its record high of 14.6 percent in last September's election.

The poll was released as Germany's lower house of parliament approved the nation's share of a trillion-dollar rescue package for the troubled eurozone, and two weeks after a 110-billion-euro bail-out deal for Greece.

That bail-out was hugely unpopular, contributing to a crushing setback for Merkel in a key state election earlier this month.

In contrast, the opposition Social Democrats jumped two points in the poll to 29 percent, while the Greens were up two to 15 and the far-left Die Linke party also up two to 11 percent.

Merkel has faced charges of shaky leadership during the financial crisis from abroad and even within her own conservative bloc.

© 2010 AFP

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