Tied to the wishes of her coalition partner, Ms. Merkel is making herself unpopular in corners of her own party.
On Saturday, another critic raised his voice against what he feared would be an anti-business stance of Ms. Merkel’s coalition government on the controversial issues of fracking and genetic engineering.
Ms. Merkel oversees a broad right-left coalition of her own Christian Democratic Party and Social Democrats.
“We need to start over when it comes to our business policies,” said Michael Fuchs, a senior leader of Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic party in an interview with the German weekly, Der Spiegel. ”For the rest of this term, we have to stop anything that can weaken Germany as a business hub.”
While Ms. Merkel still remains the most popular politician in Germany, with 77 percent of voters approving, according to statistics, recent policy moves have triggered criticism from more conservative and business-oriented members of her party.
On Saturday, a member of the CDU’s leadership in Germany’s Bundestag, raised his voice about the course Ms. Merkel is taking when it comes to fracking and genetic engineering. Mr. Fuchs, who is representing the pro-business wing within Ms. Merkel’s party, wants the Chancellor to take a stronger lead on these issues.
“Fracking may be our only chance to become independent from Russia,” said Mr. Fuchs in an interview with local newspaper, Rheinische Post.