Angela Merkel may be the dominant politician in Europe, yet back home she is faced with increasingly rebellious forces within her own party.
Conservatives from her center-right Christian Democrats are deeply frustrated with the direction of the government, a right-left coalition with the center-left Social Democrats.
A clear sign of tensions within Ms. Merkel’s own party was the refusal of a sizeable minority to back the government’s support for the extension of the Greek bailout.
While the vast majority of the German parliament, 532 lawmakers, approved the government proposal on February 27, of the 32 who voted against, 29 were from Ms. Merkel’s own CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union. There were a further 13 abstentions.