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Germany’s Merkel sweeps aside idea of running up new debt

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has vehemently rejected calls for Germany to run up new debt to finance investment in climate protection and other things. After years of balanced budgets, left-leaning opposition politicians have called for the government to borrow more to finance investment in climate protection and social spending.

But Merkel has been adamant about sticking to a policy of no new borrowing. She told parliament Wednesday: “It surprises me that there is such disparaging talk in this house about a balanced budget.” Merkel insisted Germany is investing more than ever and said that “a decent budget means investment as part of a balanced budget — anything else is absurd.”

In a tweet, Merkel’s center-right party said: “Yes, we admit it, we have a little fetish: solid finances without new debt.”

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