Kanzlermehrheit!

The German parliament just passed the European bailout fund expansion bill by a large majority. Even more important politically was that Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to muster a “chancellor’s majority” — that is, her own coalition was able to provide a majority of the yes votes, without having to rely on support from the opposition (which was nonetheless forthcoming). Check out the LA Times report, to which I contributed the breaking news and quotes and such.

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