Germany's Merkel defends costly election pledges

Associated Press
Germany's Merkel defends costly election pledges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at the Day of the German Industry in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Merkel is brushing aside criticism that her election pledges for families, stay-at-home mothers and others are too expensive, arguing that Germany can afford to spend thanks to strong tax income and has to help bolster Europe's economy. (AP Photo/dpa, Tim Brakemeier)

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