Angela Merkel under threat from anti-European Union party which wants to repatriate powers from Brussels

That could spell trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed up the ruling coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party and the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP) since she first came to power in 2005.

And support for the emerging Euro-sceptic party is further proof of German disquiet at having to bail out the struggling economies of some of the southern European states, particularly Greece, and to prop-up the euro indefinitely at a cost of billions

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