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German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
(SEBASTIEN PIRLET/REUTERS)

BREAKINGVIEWS

German euroskeptics cut into Merkel’s wiggle room

Reuters Breakingviews delivers agenda-setting financial insight. Its global correspondents react to stories as they develop, delivering sharp and provocative commentary on big financial news as it breaks.

The biggest surprise about Germany’s fledgling anti-euro party is that it took so long to emerge. Many Germans object to the bailouts for stricken euro zone members, are haunted by fears of inflation, and just don’t trust the euro. But unlike in Finland and the Netherlands, German euroskeptic voters have had no place to turn to, as all the respectable parties are staunchly pro-European.