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Merkel challenger suggests Greece should be given more time

LONDON (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's main challenger in this year's federal election said on Monday that recession-struck Greece should be given more time to implement its reforms even though this would cost more money.Full story

Gaffe-prone Merkel rival drags down centre-left as vote looms

OSTERHOLZ-SCHARMBECK, Germany (Reuters) - Peer Steinbrueck looked uncomfortable as he waited to go onstage at a small-town rally for a regional election on Sunday that could make or break his ambitions to be Germany's next leader. Full story

Merkel's rival Steinbrueck says euro zone austerity too severe

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, who is running against Chancellor Angela Merkel in next year's election, said austerity measures being imposed on struggling euro zone countries were too severe. Full story

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