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Crushing Defeat for Germany's Merkel as Voters Reject Austerity

Crushing Defeat for Germany's Merkel as Voters Reject Austerity

Common Dreams staff

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative party suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which should embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European 'austerity' policies.

The crushing defeat leaves her vulnerable at a time when a backlash against her insistence on austerity is building across Europe. Recent elections have rejected austerity policies in Greece, France and Italy, severely weakening Chancellor Merkel.

Working people all over the world are standing up , pushing back, and succeeding. Will the American sheeple look up from their pasture? Or continue grazing? By and large, they are fattening up nicely.