News Summary: Bailout talk ruffles German vote

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CREDIBILITY QUESTIONED: Chancellor Angela Merkel's opponents are assailing her credibility after her finance minister said Greece will need a third bailout package.

CENTRAL PLAYER: Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has been a central player in the crisis. It's the biggest contributor to bailouts of struggling countries and has led an austerity-heavy response that is often criticized abroad.

CRISIS INSERTED: But with Germans largely insulated by their own healthy economy and low unemployment, there's been little incentive for anyone to make Europe a big issue in the country's Sept. 22 elections. That is until Merkel's finance minister injected Europe's debt crisis for the first time into the campaign for next month's German elections.