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Another Election In Europe

This time it was in one of the 16 states in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, which accounts for more than 20% of the country’s population. The BBC reports that State election deals blow to Germany’s Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have suffered heavy losses in an election in Germany’s most populous state.

Support for the Christian Democrats dropped from 35% to 26% in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Social Democrats set to return to power with the Greens.

It is the Christian Democrats’ worst result in the state.

Analysts say many voters rejected Mrs Merkel’s tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state debt.

Voters in Greece, France and Italy also recently rejected austerity policies.

In another development, Germany’s Pirate Party won seats in North Rhine-Westphalia, making it their fourth state parliament.

The Pirate Party has grown in strength recently with its calls for transparency and internet freedom.

Not even Angie’s own country sees any benefit from austerity, but don’t expect her to change anything. This is a matter of belief for austerians, not a reasoned economic viewpoint. Facts and reality rarely have any effect on belief. Not even losing in the 2013 elections will convince her that she is wrong.