German conservative quits after refusing to back Greek aid extension

March 31, 2015 12:30 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A prominent Eurosceptic in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc resigned on Tuesday, saying he had come under pressure to back an extension of Greece's bailout, becoming first high-profile German politician to do so.

Peter Gauweiler, a senior member of Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social (CSU), and an outspoken critic of aid to Greece, has led efforts to block euro zone bailouts and the European Central Bank's bond-buying program in court.

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