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    Merkel's party routed in big German state

    (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies.
    The election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a western German state with a bigger population than the Netherlands and an economy the size ofTurkey, was held 18 months before a national election in which Merkel is expected to fight for a third term.

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    Re: Merkel's party routed in big German state

    Austerity isn't popular because of the results it has yielded thus far in Germany. No need to equate less austere economic policies to "hard core socialism."

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    Re: Merkel's party routed in big German state

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    Austerity isn't popular because of the results it has yielded thus far in Germany. No need to equate less austere economic policies to "hard core socialism."
    Austerity isn't popular because we have a generation that wants what they want for free even at the expense of future generations....The most selfish, self centered, coddled bunch of credit exploiters in history, and now the bill is due, and they don't want to pay....Too damned bad!

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    Re: Merkel's party routed in big German state

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Austerity isn't popular because we have a generation that wants what they want for free even at the expense of future generations....The most selfish, self centered, coddled bunch of credit exploiters in history, and now the bill is due, and they don't want to pay....Too damned bad!

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    Well I'm sure that there's some truth somewhere in that rant, but my point stands. Austerity hasn't yielded the best results for Europe. That's not to say that spending cuts aren't needed, but the reason that lies behind their unpopularity isn't quite as sinister as you let on.
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    Re: Merkel's party routed in big German state

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    Well I'm sure that there's some truth somewhere in that rant, but my point stands. Austerity hasn't yielded the best results for Europe. That's not to say that spending cuts aren't needed, but the reason that lies behind their unpopularity isn't quite as sinister as you let on.

    It's early....Keep watching and see what domino's fall...My guess is it isn't good.


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