Merkel challenger criticizes austerity policies

Associated Press
Merkel challenger criticizes austerity policies

Chancellor candidate of the Social Democratic party, SPD, Peer Steinbrueck, delivers his speech on 'Guidelines of social democratic Foreign and Security Policy' at the Free University of Berlin in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday June 4, 2013. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger in the September national election said Tuesday that her government's insistence on budget austerity across Europe is creating economic stagnation and called for a new Marshall Plan to revive the continent. (AP Photo/dpa, Maurizio Gambarini)

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