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."