Merkel ally: German govt coalition will survive

September 19, 2011 - 5:40 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany's troubled government will survive and keep working together to resolve the eurozone debt crisis despite a state election wipeout for her junior coalition partner.

Merkel's Christian Democrats performed respectably in Sunday's election in Berlin but their junior partner, the Free Democratic Party, lost three-quarters of its support. It was ejected from the state legislature.

Last week, Merkel's vice chancellor — a Free Democratic — talked about the possibility of an eventual "orderly insolvency" for Greece. The comments ignited market fears, irked Merkel and prompted speculation her coalition government could collapse before a vote in 2013.

Volker Kauder, parliamentary leader of Merkel's conservatives, told ZDF television Monday "the coalition will stay together."