Prominent opponent of Merkel's euro bailouts quits leading post in German governing party

March 31, 2015 11:12 AM

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BERLIN – A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's eurozone bailout policies has announced that he's stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany's governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat.

Peter Gauweiler, who has repeatedly filed complaints to Germany's highest court against the bailout of Europe's strugglers, said Tuesday that he made his decision after coming under pressure to vote in favor of a four-month extension to Greece's bailout in February. He voted against.

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