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German austerity measures prompt new reader mail

The new German austerity plan is being met with criticism domestically, but some readers appear to approve.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrive at a news conference about Germany's budget cuts in Berlin, on Monday

Germany plans to save more than 10 billion euros annually

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

German austerity plan faces widespread criticism

As Europe's largest economy, it was probably inevitable that Germany would have to "show the way" in dealing with the Eurozone crisis. The Government has announced cuts of 11.5 billion euros (or 3.5 percent of the 2010 federal budget) for 2011, meaning hardship for a wide cross-section of German society. One hopes that such measures will have the intended beneficial effect and that, in time, prosperity will return. -- Michael, Australia

It is great to learn that Germany is willing to put forth austerity measures to fill in the budget gaps rather than simply borrowing money the nation doesn't have; or taxing the workers of the nation to pay those who will not work. I hope Europe follows Germany's lead! -- Mark, US

I am glad that someone has the discipline to rein in their debt. Great job Germany! Can you teach our government to do the same? -- James, US

I congratulate Chancellor Merkel and her administration for taking on the extremely difficult task of reducing the federal budget. Unlike the US administration that continues to spend well beyond its means, Germany has come to the realization that austerity measures will prevent the German economy from fall into the abyss of unmanageable deficits. Naturally there will be opposing views and conflicts, but ultimately austerity and prudent management must prevail. -- Rolf, US

As it should! All of us, including the rich, are in the same boat - hence, all of us should pay our fair share instead of treating the 'elite' with kid gloves. Get out of Afghanistan ... this would save money too. -- Vera, Germany

Compiled by Stuart Tiffen
Editor: Andreas Illmer

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