German parliament passes expanded euro fund

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts after she casts her vote about the eurozone bailout fund at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. German lawmakers are expected to approve new powers Thursday for the eurozone bailout fund in a major step toward tackling the bloc's sprawling sovereign debt crisis. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

September 29, 2011 5:29:23 AM PDT
German lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly approved expanding the powers of the eurozone bailout fund, a major step toward tackling the sprawling debt crisis, in a vote that also helped strengthen Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government.