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Majority of Germans Back Merkel’s European Austerity, Welt Says

May 04, 2012

A majority of Germans support Chancellor Angela Merkel’s austerity policies for Europe, Die Welt reported today, citing a poll by Infratest Dimap.

Some 55 percent of the population in Germany are in favor of “stern austerity” in Europe rather than growth programs financed with new credit, the German newspaper said, citing the Infratest Dimap poll of 1,004 people taken between April 30 and May 1.

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