Austerity backlash could leave Germany isolated

The fall of the Dutch government and the likely exit of Nicolas Sarkozy could well leave Angel Merkel under pressure, writes Simon Kingsley in Berlin.

28th April, 2012

The EU countries supporting austerity are, one by one, falling by the wayside, leaving a seemingly increasingly isolated supporter in Berlin's federal chancellery.

Recent events have seen sharp rises in European unemployment, with governments falling and failed, some to be replaced by technocrats. Within the tightly strapped straitjacket that is membership of the single currency, austerity was touted as the best, if Brussels-imposed, available measure. It might hurt, and lots, but it would be good...

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