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The waning support from parties in Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition, which voted Wulff into office 18 months ago, underscored how precarious his position is and the scandal risks becoming a major distraction for the chancellor as she grapples with the euro zone debt crisis.

Wulff’s resignation would reflect badly on Merkel because she pushed aggressively for his election over a popular opposition candidate in 2010.

Finding a successor could also prove a headache, unleashing a divisive political debate in Germany at a time when her government must show unity and resolve in combating the crisis.

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