Merkel: no alliance with new anti-euro party

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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 9:05 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear her conservatives won't consider an alliance with a new anti-euro party if it enters parliament in next week's election.

The upstart Alternative for Germany party advocates an "orderly breakup" of the eurozone. Its chances of getting the 5 percent support needed to win parliamentary seats on Sept. 22 are uncertain though some polls have shown it as high as 4 percent.

If it succeeds, that could complicate Merkel's chances of continuing her center-right coalition — generating speculation about alternative alliances.

Asked in an interview Saturday with the daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung whether she's ruling out any pact with the new party, Merkel replied: "Yes. This question really does not arise."

Merkel has insisted on tough conditions in exchange for aid to eurozone strugglers.

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